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Tory MS makes bid to become mayor of London

23 May 2023 3 minute read
Tory MS, Natasha Asghar has announced her plans to become the next Mayor of London.

Emily Price

A Welsh Conservative Senedd member has launched a campaign to replace Sadiq Khan as the next mayor of London.

Shadow Minister for Transport and Technology and South Wales East MS, Natasha Asghar announced on Monday (May 22) that she had put in an application to become a Conservative mayor of London candidate.

In a social media post she said: “For two years I have been fighting against Labour’s policies in Wales – and now it’s time to take the fight to London.

“It’s time for a change and I can be the breath of fresh air Londoners need.”

The South Wales East MS also posted a video alongside the announcement in which she can be seen walking down a street in London.

🚨 I’ve applied to become the @Conservatives Mayor of #London candidate.

🥀 For 2 years I have been fighting against Labour’s policies in Wales – and now it’s time to take the fight to London.

👇 It’s time for change and I know I can be the breath of fresh air Londoners need. pic.twitter.com/I3tKUK8WRx

— Natasha MS (@natasghar) May 22, 2023

“Bitter”

A Welsh Conservative source who did not wish to be named told Nation.Cymru that “quite a few Tory members are disappointed” with Ms Asghar’s plans to “abandon ship”.

The Tory MS’s London announcement comes just 11 days after she declared in the Senedd that she was a “resident” of Newport and was concerned about the introduction of 3 weekly bin collections.

Sadiq Khan has been the Labour mayor for London since 2016 and plans to secure a third term in the 2024 mayoral election.

If the South Wales East MS were to become successful in her London mayor bid, she plans to scrap expansion of London’s ULEZ projects, tackle the housing crisis and restore trust in the Met police.

Minister for Economy, Vaughan Gething re-tweeted the Tory Ms’s announcement alongside the caption: “To be fair to him Andrew RT did a much better April Fool’s clip – and he got the date right.”

Natasha Asghar hit back: “Awww Vaughan I know you’d miss me, but there is no need to be bitter on Twitter.”

The Welsh Liberal Democrats condemned the Tory MS for entering the London mayor race.

A Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson said: “This is just yet more evidence that the Conservatives see London as a bigger priority than Wales.

“The people of South East Wales will rightly be confused about this move. Representing a community is a full-time job that requires commitment, Natasha Ashgar will need to have a serious think about where that commitment lies, in Wales or London?”

“Champion”

Labour Councillor for Blackheath, London, Luke Warner responded to the news on Twitter saying: “Doesn’t care about her Welsh constituents; wouldn’t know anything about Londoners’ concerns. Ah, yes, must be a Tory!”

Natasha Asghar replied: “Are you one of my constituents? As I don’t have any complaints.”

In 2021, the South Wales East MS was named as one of the 100 most “influential and inspiring” women in the world after she made the BBC’s 100 Women list.

A Welsh Conservative Senedd Spokesperson said: “Over the last two years Natasha has proven herself to be a great communicator and a fantastic champion of the causes close to her heart.

“We wish her all the best as she enters the start of the process for her candidature.”

Nation.Cymru contacted both Natasha Asghar and Welsh Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies for comment.


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Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
9 months ago

So she has resigned her Senedd seat and we have a vacancy?

Donna
Donna
9 months ago

Is Cymru not good enough for her? Typical Tory careerist using Cymru as a stepping stone. Good riddance London can gladly have her. I hope all her dreams come true. Annibyniaeth to Cymru.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
9 months ago
Reply to  Donna

Still can’t believe that family’s disloyalty to Plaid, considering the party bent over backwards to get the leg-up/-over.

russell
russell
9 months ago

As careerist and opportunist as her father was

Karl
Karl
9 months ago

What a random move. There is no correlation between our Senedd and mayor of another country. Clearly no respect for either, just another career move for personal gain.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
9 months ago

She used to be a Plaid candidate. Trychineb y trychinebau. Isio dringo.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
9 months ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

I wonder if she still backs Welsh independence.
….Or has she been lying just as another Tory.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
9 months ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

Shame on Plaid Cymru, therefore. The shallowest vetting process for choosing candidates, and all with an eye on ticking those politically correct boxes. Doesn’t it sicken you? And we can expect the same all over again with gender and various other forms of identity politics. Bunch of political cripples.

Geraint
Geraint
9 months ago

So no doubt she will make loads of statements about how important London is to her. She will talk up any connection to get the nomination. I would be very surprised if she is nominated and then it will be back to Wales and Newport. She can then reuse all the press releases and replace London with Newport! Even the Tories will see through it. I wonder if she will be reselected for the next Senedd elections by her own side. Time for another change of party?

George Thomas
George Thomas
9 months ago

Two failed attempts at becoming an MS before succeeding, in the job for 2 years and now looking for another.

Fair play to her for being ambitious in her career but can’t really claim to care about her current position or people she represents.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

She has no chance, laughable

LEd
LEd
9 months ago

Another Tory (there’s nothing conservative about them now) fuelled by nothing except self-belief?

Llyn
Llyn
9 months ago

What a local champion, so dedicated to the plight of her constituents Nat wants out at the earliest possible opportunity. This comes weeks after campaigning for a freeport in Holyhead rather than backing the proposed freeport in her own constituency!

Gareth
Gareth
9 months ago

A quick ” Google” of some of the cac she has spouted in the Senedd, by potential voters in London, will soon put them off.

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
9 months ago

Good bye and good riddance.
Always has a smirk on her face in the chamber.
London Mayor no chance.

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