Sol Campbell wants to be Mayor of London

The former England and Arsenal defender hopes to be chosen as the Conservative candidate to stand when Boris Johnson departs in the summer of 2016


Sol Campbell is seeking the Conservative nomination to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.

The former England and Arsenal defender has signed up for a forum with rival candidates on July 4 as he bids to become the party’s preferred choice to stand when Johnson’s second term as Mayor ends in the summer of 2016.

And Campbell believes he can bring something different to the ruthless world of British politics.

“I’m going in with my eyes wide open,” he told the Sun. “I know I’m not going to be a frontrunner.

“But I look at people who have been in politics for five, 10, 15 years, and muck up, you see them muck up and think ‘You guys are supposed to be pro!’ People that have gone to Oxbridge, had thousands spent on their education, and I mean they are royally mucking up.

“I bring something new to the table. This is a whole new road for me, something I can get my teeth into, but I just felt it was something I had to do.

“I come from a working-class background, it wasn’t easy for me at all, but I worked hard. And now it’s about giving something back.”

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