London mayoral race: Tories shortlist four candidates

Stephen Greenhalgh, Zac Goldsmith, Syed Kamall, Andrew Boff Image copyright PA/Getty Images
Image caption The four candidates are Stephen Greenhalgh, Zac Goldsmith, Syed Kamall, Andrew Boff

Four men have been shortlisted to be the Conservative Party's London mayoral candidate in 2016.

They are Richmond Park and North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith, London Assembly Member Andrew Boff, MEP Syed Kamall and London's deputy mayor for crime and policing Stephen Greenhalgh.

Former England defender Sol Campbell has not been put forward by the party.

Official hustings will take place in September with the winning candidate announced by the end of that month.

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Image caption Former Spurs and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell did not make the shortlist

Westminster City Council leader Philippa Roe and businessman Ivan Massow, who described himself as gay, ex-alcoholic and dyslexic, also failed to make the cut.

London regional chairman Ian Twinn said: "We have four excellent candidates who will now campaign across London over the summer before all Londoners will get the opportunity to vote in our primary in September."

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Image caption David Cameron appointed Boris Johnson as minister without portfolio in May and the latter will step down as London Mayor next year

Boris Johnson announced he would continue as the mayor of London for one year after he was elected as the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May.

He is also a minister without portfolio in David Cameron's cabinet.

The Labour Party has shortlisted six potential mayoral candidates including the MP and former Olympics minister Dame Tessa Jowell and the shadow minister for London Sadiq Khan.

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Image caption In his mayoral campaign Mr Massow said: "I'm not your typical politician"

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