Tories ‘cut funding lines’ to London mayor candidate Shaun Bailey

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The Conservative party has reportedly cut funding to Shaun Bailey’s mayor of London campaign amid concerns about his performance.

The Daily Mirror newspaper says Tory central office is frustrated at Mr Bailey’s inability to raise his own funds, coupled with his poor performance during the campaign.

Some staff are said to have been moved off the campaign and its headquarters relocated from its own office back to Tory HQ in an apparent bid to save cash.

Asked whether the reports were true a Conservative party spokesperson told The Independent that “operational and fundraising decisions are a matter for the Shaun Bailey campaign”.

Electoral Commission figures show Mr Bailey’s campaign has raised £575,000 since its launch in September 2018 – well down on the £2.5 million raised by during Boris Johnson’s 2012 campaign.

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