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Londoners to vote in Tory primary

All Londoners will be able to vote to choose the Tory candidate for the contest to become the capital's mayor.

The Conservative Party will hold a primary to select its candidate for the 2016 election to succeed Boris Johnson in City Hall.

All people on the electoral roll in London will be able to vote, although those who are not members of the Conservative Party will have to pay £1 to register for the online primary.

Former England football star Sol Campbell and Tory MP Zac Goldsmith have confirmed their intention to stand in the contest.

Also in the running are entrepreneur Ivan Massow, current deputy mayor Stephen Greenhalgh and London Assembly member Andrew Boff.

A short-list of two or three candidates who will go forward to the primary will be drawn up by the party's internal Candidates Committee by the end of July, with voting in the contest taking place in September.

Mr Johnson ov erwhelmingly won a primary to be selected as the mayoral candidate in 2007 before defeating Ken Livingstone to take the keys to City Hall in 2008.

The Tory London regional chairman Ian Twinn said: "Once again we are inviting Londoners to help us choose our candidate for the London mayoral election.

"Anyone, whether or not they are a party member, can register to vote in the primary. This will give everyone in London ownership of the process.

"In 2016 Londoners will face a choice: we can build on the great achievements under Boris Johnson which has seen more jobs created, transport infrastructure improved and more homes built, or let in a Labour candidate who will only offer more borrowing, more spending and higher taxes - taking London backwards."

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