Image above: Ron Mushisho and Tony Arbour (L to R)
Chiswick Gunnersbury ward councillor chosen to represent south-west London
The Conservative Party has announced Chiswick councillor Ron Mushiso as its candidate for the upcoming London Assembly elections in the South West London constituency. The seat, which covers the boroughs of Hounslow, Richmond, and Kingston, is currently held by Conservative politician Nick Rogers, who recently declared his intention to step down.
Councillor Ron Mushiso, who represents Chiswick Gunnersbury ward, grew up as a foster child in Chiswick, Ron has dedicated his political career to championing crucial issues such as social care and youth services. Alongside his role as a school PE teacher, the former professional rugby player actively organises litter picks in his ward and has voiced his opposition to Cycleway 9.
Despite his candidacy for the London Assembly elections, Ron has decided to retain his seat on Hounslow Council until the election takes place.
He faces a challenging campaign to retain the seat, as the election is scheduled for May 2, 2024, coinciding with the Mayoral election.
In the previous election in 2021, Nick Rogers managed to secure victory with less than one-third of the total votes in a three-way contest against the Liberal Democrats and Labour candidates. Before Rogers, the seat was held by Tony Arbour, a long-serving Conservative representative who fully supports Mr. Mushiso’s candidacy.
Recently, Nick Rogers had initially sought to become the Conservative Party’s candidate for London Mayor. He withdrew his candidacy and endorsed Paul Scully, who did not make the shortlist.
Image above: Outgoing SW London Assembly Member Nicholas Rogers
Nick Rogers stepping due to ‘personal circumstances’
Explaining his decision not to contest the Assembly seat, Mr. Rogers said:
“It’s a combination of various factors, but ultimately, it’s a highly personal decision. It concerns the direction I want to take in my life. People may know me from my recent involvement in London politics, but I have been involved in this field since I was 15 years old, in one way or another.”
Rogers, who will turn 38 at the next election, expressed his desire to explore other opportunities beyond politics while emphasising his unwavering commitment to the Conservative Party.
The Conservative Party membership will soon vote to determine their candidate for London Mayor, and the results are expected to be announced on 19 July.