|Ex-Council Leader Announces Bid to Become Mayor|
Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh wants to take Boris' place
Former Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh announced on Thursday that he is bidding to become the Conservative candidate to fight the 2016 London mayoral election.
Mr Greenhalgh, who is currently Deputy Mayor for Crime and Policing, served as a councillor for Fulham's Town ward for 16 years and was been leader of the Council for five years before stepping down in May 2012.
Now he is hoping to take over from Boris Johnson, who he describes as "the greatest mayor of the greatest city in the world" when he leaves City Hall to become an MP.
He has already launched a campaign website, Team Greenhalgh and has the backing of Ravenscourt Park councillor Harry Phibbs, who says: " I am delighted to announce that Stephen Greenhalgh has launched a bid to become the next Mayor of London."
Cllr Phibbs says Mr Greenhalgh pledges to make the capital less expensive for working Londoners on low and middle incomes through:
He also has the support of Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands, who says: " I have worked closely with Stephen Greenhalgh in the Conservatives for 16 years. His record as Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council was one of the best in the UK.
"He was a council tax cutter and used his business skills to deliver better public services at the lowest reasonable cost. He would be a formidable Mayor candidate, and an excellent Mayor of London, who will do us all proud."
December 19, 2014