South West London Assembly Member to stand down after just one term

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Nicholas Rogers to step down at May 2024 election

Nicholas Rogers, the Conservative London Assembly Member for South West London, has announced he will stand down from the London Assembly in the 2024 May election after just one term.

A former Met Police special constable and a career railway worker, Nick was elected to serve as South West London’s assembly member on 6 May 2021. He announced on Thursday (8 June) that he would be standing down.

Mr. Roger’s predecessor, veteran Conservative Party member Tony Arbour, held the role for 21 years – from 2000 until his retirement in 2021.

In February 2023, Mr. Rogers was considering to a run for the Mayor of London against Sadiq Khan, pitching his tent in opposition to Mr. Khan’s Ulez expansion policy.

Referencing the mayoral competition in his resignation announcement, Mr. Rogers said he would work to ensure a Conservative Mayor is elected, but did not mention his own candidacy.

It is understood he has not receved the support he needed from a Conservative Party whose membership is maybe further to the right on issues than he is.

“Serving as an Assembly Member has been an honour”

Taking to Twitter to reveal the news, he wrote:

‘‘I have made the tough decision to stand down from the London Assembly at May’s election.

‘‘Serving as an assembly member has been an honour. I never expected my career would lead me here and I have enjoyed it immensely.

‘‘However, next year I will have been active in local politics for 23 years – more than the whole of my adult life. I have fought four elections, campaigned in others, served as a councillor and held multiple voluntary roles within the Conservative Party. I feel it is now time to move on to other endeavours.

‘‘I will always look back on my time on the Assembly as the pinnacle of my 23 year career as a Conservative Party activist. I will of course continue to serve my south west London constituents up to the election and will work to ensure that we hold the seat and that a Conservative is elected mayor.’’

He added:

‘‘I will be forever grateful to all of my colleagues and constituents for all of the support, encouragement and friendship you have given me along the way. It has been a splendid experience.’’