Luisa Porritt selected as our candidate for London Mayor

Luisa Porritt has tweeted this today:

On being elected, Luisa said:

I love London – it’s where I grew up and it has given me so much. But existing challenges of rising costs and climate change alongside the impact of Covid-19 mean that this is a crucial moment for London.

The pandemic will change our city forever. We need big ideas and urgent action to rise to the challenge.

I will show what a liberal London can be like – where the 600 neighbourhoods that make up our capital lead the way.

From putting homes in the heart of the city to reinventing high streets for the future, we can renew every area in London to become thriving, green, and affordable places to live and work.

Londoners are anxious about the present and uncertain about what life in London will look like in years to come.

As a lifelong Londoner, I know our capital is resilient. With the right leadership, creativity and vision, we can reinvent our city for the better. If we bring London together, anything is possible.

The Evening Standard reports:

The new Lib-Dem mayoral candidate today vowed to put London’s economic recovery from the pandemic at the heart of her bid for City Hall.

Luisa Porritt, a 33-year-old yoga enthusiast and former MEP, said she would speak for “millennial Londoners” as she name-checked New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sanna Marin, the Prime Minister of Finland.

“The time is right for a fresh perspective,” she told the Standard in her first interview since being selected by London party members. “There are women, and younger women, who are doing a fantastic job in response to this crisis. I think it’s time London had the same.”

Many congratulations to Luisa!

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  • I haven’t seen anywhere the vote split between electing Luisa unopposed or seeking other candidates to stand against her. Does anyone have the numbers?

  • Ken, from what I read Luisa got just under 90% with the remaining either for RON or wasted vote.

  • So, basically a choice of one. Makes you wonder how apposite the word Democrat is in the party’s name.

  • Alex Macfie 15th Oct '20 - 6:21pm

    ken munn: There were 3 applicants. One withdrew, and another was shortlisted but was then disqualified for reasons we all know well. It’s wrong to suggest that there were hordes of applicants and TPTB only allowed Luisa to go forward. Members had the option of asking to reopen nomintations and chose to go with the candidate already on the ballot paper. This is a perfectly democratic outcome. It’s not clear why one might think anyone else would apply if they hadn’t already.

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