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London mayoral race: can Zac Goldsmith shake Boris’s shadow?

The Tories' top London mayoral hopeful must unleash his maverick side to win

By Josh Lowe  

Zac Goldsmith (right): can he carve out his own path? © Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

Zac Goldsmith—the Richmond MP and Conservative London mayoral candidate who once topped the men’s list on the parliamentary hot or not site “sexymp.co.uk”—is used to being in the limelight. One of his party’s most high-profile backbenchers, he has been, in his own words, a “pain in the backside” of the government on green policy, democratic reform, and, most recently, in…

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