Luisa Porritt ‘seriously considering’ running for London mayoral selection
Luisa Porritt served as MEP before Brexit was confirmed
03 August, 2020 — By Richard Osley
Luisa Porritt on stage at last year’s Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth
A LIBERAL Democrat councillor in Camden is “seriously considering” putting her name forward to be the party’s candidate at the next London mayoral elections.
Luisa Porritt, who represents Belsize ward at the Town Hall, is considered a rising star among the capital’s Lib Dems having served as an MEP until Brexit was confirmed.
Last week, Siobhan Benita, the existing Lib Dem candidate to challenge Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, dropped out of the race citing the year-long postponement of the polls due to the coronavirus health emergency. The candidacy is an unpaid position.
Asked by the New Journal whether she would now be throwing her hat into the ring as a possible candidate to fill the vacancy, Cllr Porritt said she was “seriously considering” it.
In the European parliament and, below, in the council chamber before the coronavirus crisis saw meetings go online
Cllr Porritt won her seat on Camden Council at the 2018 local elections – one of two Lib Dems to take seats from the Conservatives in the split Belsize ward – and later was elected as an MEP as the Lib Dems campaigned hard to stop the divorce from Europe.
Previous Lib Dem mayoralty candidates include Lord Brian Paddick – twice – Caroline Pidgeon and Simon Hughes.
Another Camden councillor, Sian Berry, has already been selected as the Green Party candidate, while Shaun Bailey will be on the ballot paper for the Conservatives.
The poll is now due to take place in May next year.