Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey set out his stall today saying Londoners have the right to a “safe city”.
Mr Bailey released a film featuring his wife, mother and two children Aurora, 13, and Joshua, 11, on the final day of the Conservative Party conference.
He will take on Labour mayor Sadiq Khan at the election in May 2021 after the vote was delayed for a year because of the pandemic.
Mr Bailey, 49, said: “I believe that Londoners have the right to a safe city, good transport and homes that are affordable.
“We have a once in a generation opportunity to make sure our city works for ordinary Londoners again.”
Mr Bailey was raised in a council house by his single mother Carmen, 72, who still works as a doctor’s receptionist and volunteers with the elderly.
His mother added: “I’m sure he would make a good, good Mayor of London. He just needs to be given the chance, and I’m sure you all will be proud of him, just like I am.”
During the film, his wife of 15-years Ellie revealed that she fell in love with him because of his work with disadvantaged young people.
The history teacher said the first conversation she ever had with him was about his job as youth worker and added: “It was inspiring and I’d never encountered anything like that and, yeah, a huge part of why I fell in love with him.”
His son also said he was “really proud” of his father, adding: “When he tells me about his childhood, he tells me that it was much harder than mine, because his mum had to raise him as a single mum.”
Mr Bailey spent three years as a special adviser on youth and crime under David Cameron and is now a London Assembly member.