As a Member of the local Conservative Association I wanted to write to you about my interest in seeking our Party's nomination for the Mayoralty.
Since the election, I have been approached by many people in and outside of our Party urging me to put my name forward to be the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of London.
On many issues, the Mayoralty would allow me to take many of the campaigns I have been focusing on right across the capital- from stopping Heathrow expansion to promoting thriving high streets. I also believe London needs a Mayor who can work with Government to get the resources that London needs to deal with massive pressures on housing, transport and policing, but is also strong enough to stand up to the Government when it gets things wrong.
Even on broader issues like improving London's environment and mending our politics, the Mayoralty can be a huge platform for change, and as someone who entered politics to make a difference, I would of course love the opportunity to take up these challenges.
However - largely down to the very hard work of our local Members like you - I have just been re-elected as your MP and I would not attempt to seek my Party's nomination without a clear mandate from my constituents. I understand that there will be mixed opinions, and I have therefore sent out a letter to all local voters, along with a freepost ballot. If when it returns a majority of my constituents indicate that they would prefer me not to stand, clearly I would respect that completely.
You and your neighbours should receive your letters and postal ballots over the next few days. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch and let me know your thoughts.
Very best wishes,