Liberal Democrats announce London Mayoral shortlist

The Liberal Democrats have announced their shortlisted candidates for next year’s London Mayoral election. Rob Blackie and Chris French have been shortlisted and will now have the summer to win the support of London Liberal Democrat members. The result will be announced in September.

Rob Blackie advises startup technology companies, working on challenges such as accelerating cancer treatments and tackling climate change. In 2022 Rob founded the award-winning Breaking Putin’s Censorship Campaign – fighting Russian propaganda about the Ukraine war. Rob is number 2 on the Liberal Democrats London Assembly List for the 2024 elections.

Chris French is a community advocate, working daily with the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sectors in tackling health inequalities in the capital. A former Met Police Special Constable, Chris is the founder of Lambeth Links, the LGBTQ+ forum for Lambeth and Chair of infrastructure charity, LGBT Consortium. Chris is the Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly candidate for the 2024 elections.

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  • Paul Barker 17th Jul '23 - 1:29pm

    I will voting to Re-Open Nominations.
    If we want to be taken seriously our Candidate needs to be an MP.

  • Ian Patterson 17th Jul '23 - 4:59pm

    We’ve none to spare for the job. GE by autumn of next year on new boundaries. Our London MP’s will have their hands fall with that.

  • Ian Patterson 17th Jul '23 - 5:01pm

    Full not fall in last line above.

  • Nonconformistradical 17th Jul '23 - 5:58pm

    Agree with Ian Patterson

    Whoever is chosen as our candidate (I don’t have a vote in this) needs to be working with our London MPs assiting their campaign as much as anything else.

  • Peter Davies 17th Jul '23 - 7:36pm

    The job of Mayoral candidate is fronting the Assembly campaign. They will get interviews. The people who we’re actually trying to get elected won’t. Name recognition is not that important because everone knows we won’t win the mayoralty. What matters is a good understanding of our policies for London (or make some good ones up since we don’t seem to be doing this democratically) and the ability to explain them.

  • David Symonds 18th Jul '23 - 11:22am

    Sadly London is not overall a Lib Dem city, but the aim should certainly be to come third in the Mayoral contest and build a bridgehead for the future. Maybe the two candidates should be on the Assembly high up so that they have a good chance of being elected under AMS.

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