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27/01/00
Tories Choose Steven Norris
- Former Transport Minister gets Conservative nomination in race for London mayor

FORMER Transport Minister Steven Norris has won the nomination to be the Tory's candidate for London mayor.

He beat challenger Andrew Boff by 12,903 votes to 4,712 in the final round of the London Tory Party's second selection process. The first attempt to choose a candidate left Norris swept aside by former Tory favourite Jeffrey Archer. However, Archer's candidature was short lived. He pulled out of the race at the end of last year following allegations that he had deliberately sought to manipulate the evidence of a friend and key witness in his libel trail against the Daily Star newspaper more than a decade ago.

Like the now disgraced Archer, Norris has a far from clean-living history, he has previously confessed to having had five lovers on the go at the same time. Where Norris differs from Archer is in his openness. The former car salesman has never denied nor sought to disguise his more colourful characteristics.

If elected, Norris has promised to improve transport in London. He says that in doing so he will not penalise the motorist as his campaigners to the centre and left have pledged.

The election for London's new mayor takes place in May. Norris faces Susan Kramer from the Liberal Democrats and either Ken Livingstone, Frank Dobson or Glenda Jackson from Labour in the poll.




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