A Tory London Assembly member who announced his intention to run for Mayor of the capital has already dropped out and endorsed the frontrunner.
In a sign of momentum for his campaign, Paul Scully MP only confirmed his candidacy yesterday but has already taken out one of his rivals.
Nick Rogers AM announced his candidacy a fortnight ago when the Tories began the selection process.
He promised to be a “happy warrior” who would “fight for a positive and optimistic vision for the future of London”.
Just two weeks in, however, he’s dropped out and confirmed his support for rival Paul Scully MP.
In a message to his campaign team this morning, seen by the Express, Mr Rogers said: “It’s become clear that I will not be able to command the support necessary to get over the line.
“Knowing that, I have concluded that it would be wrong to prolong the campaign. It would be unfair to all of you, who have been so generous in your support and who may want to back other candidates.
So later this morning I will announce that I’m dropping out of the race. I’ll be endorsing Paul Scully.
I cannot state just how much your support has meant throughout this process. I am so grateful and I have no doubt that all of us will work together on future exciting projects.”
Mr Scully only entered the race yesterday morning, with a promise to switch off Sadiq Khan’s hated ULEZ cameras on day one should he take City Hall in next year’s election.
As a minister and MP since 2015, he’s the highest-profile candidate to have formally launched a campaign.
Samuel Kasumu, Andrew Boff, Susan Hall and Daniel Korski have also announced their candidacies, though more could join before the forthcoming entrance deadline.