Tories launch evaluate of native London operation

Conservative chiefs have launched an inside evaluate of the celebration’s operation in London.

The evaluate, confirmed by celebration chairman Greg Hands on Wednesday, comes because the Tories put together for an election marketing campaign in opposition to London mayor Sadiq Khan subsequent yr.

Susan Hall was chosen earlier this yr because the Conservative Party’s candidate for the mayoral contest in May.

Opponents have highlighted her backing for Liz Truss’s ill-fated mini-budget final yr, in addition to a comparability between Donald Trump supporters storming the US Capitol in Washington and Remainers refusing to simply accept the results of the Brexit referendum.

Posting on X, previously often known as Twitter, Mr Hands insisted the evaluate was being completed “with the full support” of Ms Hall.

The 68-year outdated London Assembly member has promised to scrap plans to broaden the capital’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) on her first day if elected.

She defeated Mozammel Hossain with 57% of the vote from London Tory members after the exit of Daniel Korski.

There was some shock when London minister Paul Scully didn’t make the shortlist to grow to be the Tory candidate.

The evaluate will probably be carried out by Lord Udny-Lister, who was an in depth aide to former prime minister Boris Johnson and served in City Hall as his chief of employees when he was mayor of London.

A spokesman mentioned the peer would evaluate “the structures, processes and organisation of the Conservative Party in London”.

“The purpose of this review is to build on the success of the Uxbridge & South Ruislip parliamentary by-election in July, to ensuring that the Conservative Party in London is in the best position possible to take the fight comprehensively to our opponents in next year’s crucial elections across the capital.”

The slim victory in Uxbridge & South Ruislip got here after the native Tory marketing campaign centered closely on the growth of the Khan-backed Ulez scheme.

Mr Hands wrote: “The Review is of the Party’s London campaigning machine and is being done with the full support of Susan Hall and will be led by one of our most experienced London Conservatives – Edward Lister.

“We need to beat Khan & gain more London MPs in 2024.”

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