Tory London mayoral hopeful’s plan to ‘save the Commonwealth’

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The frontrunner to take the Tory fight to Sadiq Khan next year has revealed plans to improve the UK’s relationship with the Commonwealth, improve London business and turn the tide on growing antipathy towards the monarchy – all in one fell swoop. Samuel Kasumu is already gaining a high profile in his attempt to secure the Conservative candidacy for London Mayor, having picked up significant endorsements from Net Zero Secretary Grant Shapps and former Home Secretary Priti Patel. can reveal he’s already devising policies for a forthcoming manifesto, including new plans for a London Commonwealth Business Summit.

Mr Kasumu says he is concerned about growing opposition to the monarchy across the Commonwealth, with a new poll out this week of 11,000 people across King Charles’s overseas realms showing majority support for becoming republics in Antiga and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica and the Soloman Islands.

Samuel Kasumu, born to Nigerian parents, now plans a new London Commonwealth Business Summit to be held every year on the week of Assertion Day – the anniversary of King Charles’s coronation.

Mr Kasumu has told the Express his plan will help the Commonwealth “remain relevant and connected”, by bringing together London’s diverse communities, Commonwealth leaders and businesses.

He believes the plan will not only help to build stronger trading ties between Britain and the Commonwealth, but improve cultural bonds too.

Mr Kasumu said: “For the Commonwealth to remain relevant and connected – its potential benefits to all its citizens must become more visible”.

“That is why, if I become Mayor of London, every year on the week of Assertion Day, I will host the London Commonwealth Business Summit.

“We will bring together London’s diverse communities, Commonwealth political leaders, and most importantly businesses to celebrate and build stronger trading and cultural ties.”

He said the move could help make London a “beacon for the Commonwealth”, as well as improve the capital’s standing as a hub for global trade, investment and cultural exchange.

“London’s story is the story of the Commonwealth, we are historic Friends, and under my mayorship, we will become future partners.”

A spokesman for Samuel Kasumu said the Commonwealth needs to mean more than ceremony and a sporting event once every four years.

Mr Kasumu also praised King Charles for taking a lead on crossing social divides in London to reach different communities, not least through his charitable work with the Prince’s Trust and the British Asian Trust.

Mr Kasumu has garnered a lot of attention since launching his campaign for London Mayor.

As the former race relations advisor to Boris Johnson, he was the most senior black advisor in Government.

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In April he picked up three major endorsements as he pledged to scrap Sadiq Khan’s hated ULEZ expansion into outer London, with senior ministers Grant Shapps and Steve Baker coming out to back him.

Priti Patel also announced her support, adding: “For the forthcoming London mayoral elections, the Conservative Party needs to select a candidate that can reach all parts of the capital, and Samuel’s track record in being able to deliver is clear.”

Tory HQ met at the end of April to fast-track candidate applications for London mayor, with applications set to open in the coming days.

A recent poll showed Sadiq Khan to be widely unpopular among London voters, with 50 percent of Londoners now saying he’s doing a bad job as mayor.

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