Tessa Jowell leads Labour’s contest with 63 nominations from the party’s constituency branches, followed by Sadiq Khan on 42, David Lammy on 15, Diane Abbot on eight and Christian Wolmar and Gareth Thomas on six each, according to the New Statesman.
Mr Khan’s campaign has been boosted thanks to the support of Unite, the largest trade union and Labour’s biggest financial backer. The unions have already recruited 1,200 of their members to vote in the selection of Labour’s candidate, boosting Mr Khan’s chances further.
Six candidates have been shortlisted by Labour.
Labour’s selection of a candidate will follow the same process as the party’s leadership contest, so supporters can make a £3 contribution by August 12 in order to be eligible to vote.
On August 14 votes will be dispatched to members and supporters, and the ballot will close on September 10.
The winner will be announced on September 13 – the day after the special conference to announce the leader and deputy leader result.
Conservative nominations close at noon on July 6 and any candidate will have big shoes to fill if they are to replace Boris Johnson as a Tory mayor.
Zac Goldsmith’s announcement that he wants to join the contest instantly made him a favourite on the betting markets.
Meanwhile, former Radio 4 News Quiz host Sandi Toksvig has given her strongest indication yet that she intends to become a candidate for the Women’s Equality Party, of which she is a co-founder.
Labour Diane Abbott
Diane Abbott is a leading figure hoping to become Labour’s mayoral candidate. The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington declared that she would oppose “anti-immigrant propaganda” if she is elected.
She said: “I decided that because London needs a genuinely independent candidate, London needs a candidate that will fight to make London more affordable for ordinary Londoners.”
“I also think London needs a voice that will stand up against some of the anti-immigrant propaganda that we’re hearing.”
Ms Abbot enjoys a massive majority of more than 25,000 and is well known for her plain-speaking attitude, which will prove popular with many.
A lack of affordable housing and a growing inequality in the capital are two of her biggest concerns.
The 61-year-old, who was born to Jamaican immigrants in London, became the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons back in 1987 and in 2010 she unsuccessfully stood as leader of the Labour Party.
David Lammy is a former Labour universities minister and has vowed to put affordable housing for London at the heart of his campaign.
The father-of-two, who grew up in Tottenham, the constituency he represents as an MP, was praised for his response to the London riots in 2011, which started in his area.
Announcing his nomination for the mayoral race, he released a 41-page report on the housing crisis in London. In it he commits to ensuring that 63,000 homes a year are built in the captal in order to meet the needs of the city.
The 42-year-old is also a supporter of rent controls to protect tenants and building on some greenbelt sites.
“A significant lack of homes is now a critical issue for the future of London and a problem that requires a bold solution,” he said. “We are facing some complex and contentious issues, which require a grown-up and serious debate – issues like how we reclassify greenbelt land that doesn’t live up to its name and changing how we define affordability.”
Mr Lammy is thought to have around 15 no
Former England defender Sol Campbell declared he was “in it to win it” when he announced his intention to run for Mayor of London.
The former Arsenal player said he will take part in a debate between Conservative party contenders on the 4th of July as potential successors to Boris Johnson are nominated.
“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.
“I look at people who have been in politics for five, ten, 15 years and muck up – you see them muck up – and think, ‘you guys are supposed to be pro!’.
“I’m going in with my eyes wide open. I know I’m not going to be a frontrunner”.
Mr Campbell was born in east London to Jamaican parents.
The 40-year-old enjoyed a 19-year career playing in the Premier League and an 11-year international career.
Since his retirement from football, he has become increasingly vocal about politics. In 2013 he said he liked “the mentality of Labour but the policies of the Conservatives”. He was also critical of Ed Miliband’s mansion tax plan, calling it “madness”.