Samuel Kasumu, one of the frontrunners for the Conservative London mayoral candidacy, has announced that he has reached 100 supporters from across the Conservative Party.
Samuel’s campaign has already been endorsed by Priti Patel MP, Grant Shapps MP, Steve Baker MP, Nadhim Zahawi MP, Nadine Dorries MP, Daniel Kawczynski MP and Richard Taylor OBE, the anti-knife crime campaigner and father of Damilola Taylor who was murdered in South London in November 2000.
New backers also include the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire, Richard Fuller and former Education Minister, Baroness Elizabeth Berridge.
Fuller and Berridge also join squadrons of London councillors and members from across the capital in backing Samuel.
The Conservative party intends to announce a shortlist of three candidates on Monday June 12th.
Richard Fuller MP said:
“I’ve known Samuel for over a decade. He has a stubborn commitment to fighting for people from underrepresented groups. Samuel is a leader, role model and trailblazer. I’m sure that as Mayor he will inspire a generation and usher in much needed change in the capital. He should be the next mayor of London. I’m delighted to add my name to his list of Endorsements.”
Rob Smith, Chairman of Kingston and Surbiton Conservative Association said:
“I’ve been particularly impressed by Samuel’s commitment to housing, arguably the single biggest issue facing Londoners with many being priced out of the city they were born and raised in. We agree that as a party we risk losing our property-owning credentials. I am proud to endorse Samuel and I hope my fellow London Conservatives will join me in backing his bold vision for London.”
Samuel Kasumu has also launched his official campaign video alongside the announcement of 100 supporters. In the video Samuel introduces himself to London as the fresh transformative Conservative candidate the city needs. Samuel is seeking to position himself as the only candidate that can reach the whole of London.
Samuel Kasumu commenting on hitting the 100 supporter’s milestone said:
“I’m humbled by the support I have received for my campaign so far, but this is just the beginning. Over the next few weeks and months, we hope to build a coalition of London citizens from all parts of the capital to take on Sadiq Khan. London wants a mayor who will build homes, stop ULEZ expansion and end the senseless violence on London streets. Our city needs change, I’m proud so many of my Conservative colleagues believe that I can deliver that change”.
Samuel Kasumu is an award-winning social entrepreneur. He supported over 8,000 entrepreneurs through the late Lord Young’s Start-Up Loans Scheme. Samuel served as a Special Advisor to then Prime Minister, Boris Johnson where he held the Civil Society and Communities brief. His work included leading on the cross-government vaccine deployment confidence programme. He was the most senior black Advisor in government. Samuel was born in Paddington and bred in Barnet.