As I outlined in a piece for Huffington Post, I want to fight a positive and upbeat campaign that reaches out to non-traditional Conservative supporters who feel left behind whilst staying true to our conservative principles. One thing that became clear in 2016 and again in 2017 is that we need to broaden our appeal in London and I plan to fight a campaign that does exactly that. Win or lose, 2020 needs to be a win-win for the Conservative party in London and we need to leave a positive legacy with the campaign we fight.
We need to build more truly affordable homes to ensure people can own their own home, but we also need to ensure that we have a message for the growing number of private renters. Right now, renting in London can be a frustrating experience. As I explained in my piece for The Telegraph, I'd work with major institutional investors to drive up standards and offer more secure tenures in the private rental sector.
People will also be looking for a Mayor who can safeguard investment in public transport in 2020. Sadiq Khan has created a £1bn black hole in the TfL budget and we're seeing the result of this with planned investment being delayed, kicked into the long grass or cancelled entirely. Sadiq Khan's war on motorists isn't just unfair to people who need to travel by car - It's also estimated to cost £780m. As promised in my article for City AM, I'd scrap Sadiq Khan's politically motivated expansion of the ULEZ and instead invest in more effective ways to reduce emissions.
But above all, we've got to make our streets safe again. In my interview with The Sun, I spoke about my own very personal concerns about the safety of my own daughter growing up in London. I also wrote for the London Evening Standard about how, if I'm elected Mayor, I'll get the Met back on the front foot against gangs by having a temporary increase in targeted stop and search.
If you agree with me and think that this is the right vision for London, I'd be delighted to count on your support so that the Conservatives can take back City Hall and turn around our city in 2020. Ballots open on September 17th but in the meantime, please encourage anyone who you know to be supportive to sign up at https://www.joy4london.co.uk/support .