Tower Hamlets Tories unveil mayoral candidate
The Conservative Party in Tower Hamlets has selected Chris Wilford as its candidate for mayor.
The announcement came as the party announced pothole repairs and cleaner streets were two key issues it's campaigning on to win votes in May's election.
Chris said the group also wanted more transparency, more police on the streets and a 'proper and meaningful consultation on development'.
And he said he was looking forward to taking on the borough's current independent mayor Lutfur Rahman in the election.
The mayoral candidate, who lives in Bow, said: "Like so many others from around the world I have made Tower Hamlets my home. This is a great place to live, with its history, diversity, and dynamism. We are privileged to live here as we go about our business amidst the hustle and bustle of one of the world's great cities.
"Yet there is one shadow that looms large - Mayor Lutfur Rahman. We are all familiar with his expenses, his taxis, and not least his photograph. And I for one tired of the stories of cronyism and waste whilst our borough faces up to some of the most significant challenges in the country in areas such as child poverty and unemployment."
Tower Hamlets Conservative Association joint chairmen Neil King and Matt Smith said: "Chris came through a strong field to be selected with the overwhelming support of local Conservatives, and will make be an outstanding Mayor of this borough."