Iain Dale's Diary alerted me to this story in Richard Kay's Mail column. Former Top of the Pops presenter Mike Read is apparently interested in becoming Tory candidate for Mayor. Francis Maude has met him and has described him as "formidable". I'm not sure I'd vote for this Radio 1 DJ (retired) but I'd certainly vote for his policy of ridding London of bendy buses.
Daily Mail: "Mr Read, 56, who made his name as a TV and radio presenter in the Eighties, put tackling crime and immigration and preserving the family unit as his top priorities. He is cautious about Mr Cameron, saying he is "impressed" by him as a person but wants to see more meat on his policies. Brought up in Surrey, his parents voted Tory, and as far as he can remember he always has too. He currently presents a show for radio station the Big L, in Frinton-on-Sea, a bastion of the blue rinse brigade. As yet, his manifesto for Mayor lacks detail. "You can't set out your stall until you know what you're selling," he insisted. He thinks bendy buses are a "crazy" idea as they clog up roads and that the congestion charge is "unfair" on people who forget to pay. He welcomes the Olympics but is concerned about rising costs. He also thinks immigrants should swear an oath of allegiance to the country."