Nigel Farage threatens to make matters worse for Tories in London
The former Ukip leader has said he is considering a run for mayor in 2020.
As the 2020 London mayor election begins to loom on the horizon, the Conservative party is not exactly looking in great shape to dislodge Sadiq Khan.
After the party failed to persuade Justine Greening and Karren Brady to throw their hats in the ring and couldn’t even interest James Cleverley, one senior party insider told The Guardian: “There was a strong list of names who might have gone for it but one by one they have dropped out. It’s a tough gig for us when Khan looks like he’s on course for a second term, but it will be even harder now.”
Eventually they ended up with two little-known London Assembly members, Shaun Bailey and Andrew Boff, along with even less-known Ealing councillor Joy Morrissey.
Could things get any worse for the Tories? Step forward Nigel Farage.
Having made seven unsuccessful attempts to become an MP, the former Ukip leader is now reported to be considering a run for mayor of London.
The news was broken by the Financial Times which quoted Farage saying that he was "thinking about it" and that if he entered the race then the Tories would “probably come third”.
Meanwhile an ally of Farage reckons there is no probably about it: "The three Tory candidates are so poor . . . no one expects any of them to win. If you have televised hustings it would just come down to Nigel versus Sadiq.”