Not as a Conservative candidate and certainly not as a Conservative/Lib Dem hybrid.
A Conservative/Lib Dem joint candidate would be doomed to failure. I believe this for two reasons, firstly it would be very difficult to persuade either Conservative party members or the Lib Dems to actually campaign for them.
I cannot imagine the Conservatives in Bromley & Chislehurst and Orpington would be keen to support a Lib Dem candidate or even a half a Lib Dem candidate. In both constituencies our parliamentary candidates have been on the receiving end of some very unfair personal attacks by the Lib Dems which has left them and their local associations with a bad taste in their mouths.
There may well be Lib Dem MPs who are sensible and quite close to the Conservative party’s positions on some of issues but there is no great love of the Lib Dems at a local level across most of London.
The second reason is that it would provide Livingstone with the perfect campaigning position. He would paint himself as the plucky underdog being ganged up on by the big parties.
Let me make my view on this clear, it is not essential to have a “big name” candidate. Livingstone has an appalling track record as Mayor and can be beaten purely on his record in office. London does not need, nor want another shallow, showman obsessed with his own extreme personal agenda.
What we need is a sound, sensible and honest Mayor who cares for all of London and all Londoners. That is what I will be campaigning for.