Arsenal and England legend Sol Campbell has confirmed his desire to run for the mayor of London next year in a bid to replace Boris Johnson.
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The 40-year-old joined the Conservative Party last year after becoming disgruntled by some of Labour’s policies, including a proposed mansion tax on homes worth over £2m.
Campbell now wants to bring something new to the Tory party as he vows to change London for everybody with his bid next year, though he is not among the favourites to get elected to the position.
Having won numorous honours in his footballing career, Campbell has also been linked with coaching jobs in the game in the past, though this latest move seems to confirm his desire to move away from football and into politics.
Regarded for many years as one of the best centre-backs in the world, Campbell controversially moved from Tottenham Hotspur to north London rivals Arsenal in 2002, though he dismissed this as a concern of his in terms of his popularity in that part of the city.
“If we keep thinking about football, we’re not going to do anything. We are dealing with people’s lives here,” he is quoted in The Guardian.
“I want to change London for everybody. I bring something new to the table. This is a whole new road for me, something I can get my teeth into but I just felt it was something I had to do.
“I come from a working class background, it wasn’t easy for me at all, but I worked hard. And now it’s about giving something back.”