London mayoral dream over for Sol Campbell as Tories say no thanks
Sol Campbell’s stuttering bid to be the Conservative candidate for London mayor has been stopped in its tracks.
The former footballer has failed to make the final shortlist of four drawn up by the party’s selection committee.
The news will be a blow to Campbell, who had few concrete policies but had made a concerted effort to sound like a bona fide on-message Tory politician.
But the writing may well have been on the wall after Sol's unfortunate LBC interview last month in which he insisted he could connect with Londoners despite rarely using the tube and was unable to say how he would travel from Arsenal to City Hall.
Along with the ex-Spurs and Arsenal player, two serious Tory contenders have also been eliminated.
Businessman, gay rights campaigner and former Dalston hipster Ivan Massow is no longer in the running, having been first out the traps to enter the race.
Also not making the cut is Westminster Council leader Phillipa Roe, who entered the contest two weeks ago amid suggestions that Tory HQ was panicking over the fact that they had an all-male mayoral shortlist.
The final (all male) shortlist is as follows:
• Andrew Boff MLA
• Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing
• Syed Kamall MEP
• Zac Goldsmith MP