Kishan Devani is a candidate for the London Assembly next year for the London-wide list.

If you want a Mayor of London that stands up for all hard working people in London, who appreciates and values the diversity of London, who embodies the ethos and message of modern day compassionate conservatism, then look no further – the Conservative Party have your man, Zac Goldsmith.

The very fact that Goldsmith is running to be Mayor of London is a sign that we as Conservatives are looking to the future. Any assumption from the Labour Party that they could take London’s mayoralty next year for granted has been completely shattered. The left wing mob will have to sit up and take note: this election is far from won.

In anyone’s terms, Goldsmith is a formidable personality. He is young, energetic and most importantly independent-minded. Londoners want all the qualities that he exemplifies and stands for.

Goldsmith’s ability to reach out to the BAME communities has been second to none. Leading up to his selection as our candidate up until now, he has constantly engaged with London’s BAME community.

Whether it be at the ExCel centre engaging with the Afro-Caribbean community or joining in the Hindu Festival of Navaratri in the London Borough of Harrow, Goldsmith is championing various communities as part of his genuine interest in the betterment of London’s diverse communities.

In the lead up to being selected as our Mayoral candidate, I had the pleasure of accompanying Zac to the opening of a Hindu Temple in Denham, whose congregation traveled in from all over West London. His ability to mesmerise the crowd and connect with over 2,000 people in the audience was quite remarkable. By the end of the speech the congregation were on their feet  clapping and giving nods of approval to Zac’s comment. I tell you what, if I was a Mr S Khan, I would be very worried.

The audience immediately connected with Zac as he embodies the very values that the diverse BAME communities in London hold dear to them – hard work, aspiration, education and wanting to get on in life.

Zac has already done what the Labour candidate aspires to do. That is to win support well beyond his Party and work across party divides on important issues. Zac has credibility with the Greens and has been able to attract thousands of ex Liberal Democrat’s to the Conservative fold. This is something which Sadiq could only dream of. Zac truly is the modern candidate for the modern London. His values and policies resonate with London’s BAME communities. Having witnessed first hand the impact of his engagement within various communities, I am under no doubt that he shall be a phenomenal force in progressing the lives of all Londoners, regardless of socio-economic background, religion, ethnicity or gender.

It is not only important for all of us Conservatives to get behind Goldsmith and “Back Zac and Crack London’s problems” – as Boris so eloquently puts it – but it is absolutely essential that we understand that Goldsmith is the only man that can stop an out of touch, 1970s, left wing Labour Party from running our beautiful city of London.