Former Tory mayor hopeful’s parting jibe at Susan Hall as she’s ‘not in London’s interest’

By Staff

A Conservative MP who ran to be the Tory pick to take on Sadiq Khan for the capital’s mayoralty last year has said that choosing Susan Hall as the Tory candidate was ‘not in London’s interest’. Paul Scully MP has served as the Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam since 2015.

But the former minister for London announced on Monday (March 4) that he would not be contesting the MP seat at the next General Election, which must be held by January 28, 2025. He also lashed out at the Conservative Party’s pick to take City Hall’s Labour incumbent.

He told the Evening Standard : “I don’t think they had Londoners’ best interests [in mind] when they were working out the job description that they were trying to select for. The irony is that they picked someone who is having their campaign run by central office and so therefore is quite close to government.

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“The point is for London it was a very narrow view. Londoners want someone who can run a £20 billion organisation. What worries me is that some of the coverage, some of the responses, are that [the Conservatives] are being disrespectful to London.”

A spokesperson for Ms Hall’s campaign said: “Paul has always been a fantastic champion for Sutton, and Susan continues to welcome his unequivocal support for her campaign, which he detailed in full around the time of her selection.”

Ms Hall has been a member of the London Assembly since 2017. She beat Mozammel Hossain, a barrister, in a ballot of Tory members, in July, winning 57 per cent of the vote.

High-profile figures failed to make the cut

This was after Mr Scully, and Samuel Kasumu, a former adviser on race issues to Johnson’s Downing Street, failed to make the initial longlist of eight. Daniel Korski dropped out of the race after Daisy Goodwin, a novelist and TV producer, alleged that he had put his hand on her breast during a meeting at Downing Street 10 years ago.

Mr Korski said at the time that he “categorically” denied the claim.

In September, Ms Hall was asked by MyLondon if she is the right candidate to take on Mr Khan. She responded: “Absolutely right I am, and I will win this.

“So that’s why Labour don’t think I’m the right candidate. They will throw grenades at me between now and May 2 – bring it on.”

A London Labour Party source added that the London Mayoral Election on May 2 will be a ‘close two-horse race’ with a choice between the current mayor and ‘out of touch’ Ms Hall.

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