Greg Hands welcomed Conservative London mayoral hopefuls to a second round of hustings.
On Friday, 17 July, Greg Hands, Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham, welcomed three of the Conservative Party’s potential London mayoral candidates to attend a second round of hustings. This time, the potential candidates in attendance were Stephen Greenhalgh, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and former Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council (2006-12), Syed Kamall MEP, Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists, and Andrew Boff, Leader of the London Assembly Conservative Group.
More than a hundred people crowded in to attend the hustings organised by Parsons Green and Sands End wards in association with Conservative Way Forward and Conservative Future in Greg’s own constituency of Chelsea and Fulham, and kindly hosted by local Italian restaurant Il Pagliaccio. All in attendance recognised that this was an important hustings, being the final chance to hear such a debate before the shortlisting of candidates. The debate covered issues including housing, trade unions, the Conservative Party’s image, infrastructure, and devolution.
After the hustings Greg Hands said, “It was a great honour to introduce the three London mayoral hopefuls to this hustings in my own constituency of Chelsea and Fulham. It was also fantastic to see so many people crowd in to hear the potential candidates speak. There really was a huge demand to hear a proper debate about the future of London.
“While it is important to remain unbiased at such a hustings, I must say that it was great to hear the warm response and praise for Stephen Greenhalgh after the event, since I am the patron of his campaign. Nevertheless, I wish all of the potential candidates well, and I look forward to choosing the right candidate for London.”
A further review of the hustings can be found at: http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2015/07/rebecca-coulson-report-from-the-mayoral-hustings.html