Anti-Heathrow expansion MP Zac Goldsmith has received the backing of his constituents to run for London mayor.

Goldsmith paid for a ballot of people in his Richmond Park constituency to ask for their backing to launch a mayoral bid and 79 per cent voted in favour.

“I am hugely grateful to the residents of Richmond Park and North Kingston for taking part in the ballot, and am overwhelmed by the mandate they have given me to run for mayor,” said Goldsmith.

The MP is renowned for his environmentalist views and has been one of the strongest opponents of Heathrow expansion.

He will now join the field of Conservative candidates who will vie for the chance to replace Boris Johnson, another vocal critic of Heathrow expansion, when he steps down as mayor next year after eight years in the post.

The Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, is due to give its final recommendation on whether Heathrow or Gatwick should be allowed to expand in the next few weeks.

During an event last week, Goldsmith said: “Implacable opposition to Heathrow expansion stretches from the affected boroughs to the very heart of government, and as countless hundreds of thousands of new residents are made aware of the threat they face, the campaign can only grow.

“We have won the arguments on pollution, congestion, cost and competition, but the bottom line is that politically Heathrow expansion is undeliverable.”

 

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