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Reality TV star turned Good Morning Britain host Judge Rinder, real name Robert Rinder, is looking “highly unlikely” to be the Tory candidate for London Mayor next year, party sources have told Express.co.uk.
The barrister who has been a broadcast sensation since 2014 when he hosted an eponymous courtroom series on ITV was being touted as a high-profile candidate to take on Sadiq Khan.
It was understood that Tory strategists thought that his celeb status and public recognition factor could give them the edge in what looks set to be a tough fight for the London mayoralty.
But a well placed Conservative source has told Express.co.uk that the idea appears to have ended because Rinder does not want to give up his TV role.
The Tory source said: “It appears that Judge Rinder is no longer a serious option. It’s an issue of him being very reluctant to give up his television work.”
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If Rinder has dropped out of the race early it leaves the door open for other names in what is becoming a crowded field.
Penny Mordaunt and others have backed Andrew Boff, who was shortlisted for the last election but lost out to Shaun Bailey.
Mr Bailey is said to be thinking about another run while former London Assembly Tory group leader Susan Hall has announced she wants the nomination.
The frontrunner is expected to be Minister for London Paul Scully who is understood to be putting together a bid team.
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The major issue in the election next year looks set to be Mr Khan’s plans to rollout out the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to outer London.
Currently, Mr Khan is fighting a court case after a judge agreed his proposal might be illegal following court cases brought by Tory-run councils outside London with commuters in them.
Other issues are likely to be the housing crisis in London and the shortage of new homes as well as the continuing problems of knife crime in the capital which has ballooned under Mr Khan’s time as mayor.
One independent candidate already declared is Howard Cox from FairFuelUK who will focus his campaign on ULEZ.
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