In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard’s Editor, Sarah Sands, Ivan Massow reveals he has decided to run in the Mayoral election next year.
Mr Massow said his reason for running for Mayor of London is down to the campaign for Scottish Independence. He claims that London was vilified during the referendum debate, and his plan is to change the country’s negative view of the capital.
Some background on the potential Mayor:
He is a gay rights campaigner, who has made his fortune by setting up an insurance business which specialised in policies for gay people, at a time when the gay community was penalised for the spread of AIDS.
He was the Conservative head of policy for London, but he resigned over the controversial amendment to Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1986, what was changed to say; that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality".
He has also been the head of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. This contract ended when he made comments that led to a public row with the artist Tracy Emin. In The Headline Interview, he talks on this subject, and says that despite it being quite a row at the time, they are now both friends and it is water under the bridge.
Ivan Massow has previously stood as an independent candidate for the mayoral election but this time he is approved by the Conservative party.