The hunt for Boris Johnson’s successor as the Tory candidate for City Hall just got a lot more interesting: Syed Kamall has declared his intention to stand.

Kamall, who has represented London in the European Parliament since 2005, is a popular choice: indeed Tom Hunt took up his pen on this site in March to try to draft him into the race.

We have yet to know whether Zac Goldsmith, the current favourite for the nomination, will gain permission from his constituents to stand at all. But if he does, he now faces some serious competition.

It also offers a clearer strategic choice for the Tory selectorate: Goldsmith stands on the party’s centre left, and may secure second preferences from Green-aligned MPs who might not otherwise support the party, whilst Kamall may have greater reach in the capital’s burgeoning ethnic minority communities.