The former Tory MP Rory Stewart has announced that he will be running for the London mayoralty as an independent candidate, after resigning from the Conservative party and standing down from his Penrith and The Border seat at the next election.
The former secretary of state for international development surprised political circles and his Cumbrian constituents with the announcement, made just three months after his bid to become the leader of the Conservatives. Last month he was kicked out of the parliamentary Tory party alongside 20 other rebels for voting against the government and in favor of the Benn act which was meant to block a no-deal Brexit and obliges the prime minister to request an extension to article 50 this was in support of the EU. Stewart’s announcement came just six days after he tweeted that his only priority in politics was avoiding a no-deal Brexit, and that “the only thing I am launching next week is my four-year-old’s model boat”.
Stewart, who campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum, had also previously had to deny that he would defect to the Liberal Democrats amid significant speculation over how he might approach another general election after being barred from running as a Tory. The announcement of the return of Mayoralty candidacy has changed the dynamics of the politics of the mayor elections. The Brexit situation has created many leaders while it wiped out many and we don’t know if to call this a good thing or a bad one.
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