Zac Goldsmith Bid For London Mayor

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has announced he wants to join the running to become Mayor of London.

After being re-elected as Richmond Park MP at the general election last month he says he wants to consult his constituents first to get their permission to stand.

If elected, he is expected to step down from the Commons, triggering a by-election.

An outspoken opponent of expansion at Heathrow - like Boris Johnson - opposing a third runway at the west London airport would be a prominent part of his pitch, though he said he also wanted to "mend our politics", boost high streets, improve transport and provide a healthier environment.

The wealthy politician, whose billionaire financier father Sir James Goldsmith formed the Eurosceptic Referendum Party, is spending up to £53,000 sending out around 77,000 postage-paid reply forms to the question: "Do you give your consent to Zac Goldsmith to stand for election to be Mayor of London?"

Former England footballer Sol Campbell has also confirmed his intention to run by signing up for a hustings with rivals in the contest for the Conservative nomination.

Also in the running are entrepreneur Ivan Massow, current deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh and London Assembly member Andrew Boff.

Labour mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan has pledged to freeze bus and Tube fares at their 2016 level for the full term of his office if he is elected.

Mr Khan also said he would put rail and cycle hire charges on hold.

He said he would pay for the freeze by using existing funds inside Transport for London, including making efficiency savings in areas such as the use of consultants.

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