Billionaire property tycoon Nick Candy ‘backs Shaun Bailey’s campaign to be London’s new mayor’

Billionaire property tycoon Nick Candy and his former soap actress wife have appeared to back Shaun Bailey’s campaign to become London’s new mayor.

With less than two weeks to go until the London mayoral election on May 6, the candidates have been hitting the streets to make their case to the electorate.

The Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, who launched his manifesto last Monday, appeared to have secured some wealthy backing to accompany him as he met voters in Chelsea in the sunshine on Saturday.

Pictured: Nick and Holly Candy were seen with Shaun Bailey amid his campaign to be London Mayor, in Chelsea on April 24. With less than two weeks to go until the London mayoral election on May 6, the candidates have been hitting the streets to make their cases

Pictured: Nick and Holly Candy were seen with Shaun Bailey amid his campaign to be London Mayor, in Chelsea on April 24. With less than two weeks to go until the London mayoral election on May 6, the candidates have been hitting the streets to make their cases

Pictured: Nick and Holly Candy were seen with Shaun Bailey amid his campaign to be London Mayor, in Chelsea on April 24. With less than two weeks to go until the London mayoral election on May 6, the candidates have been hitting the streets to make their cases

The Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, who launched his manifesto last Monday, appeared to have secured some wealthy backing to accompany him as he met voters in Chelsea in the sunshine on Saturday

The Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, who launched his manifesto last Monday, appeared to have secured some wealthy backing to accompany him as he met voters in Chelsea in the sunshine on Saturday

The Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey, who launched his manifesto last Monday, appeared to have secured some wealthy backing to accompany him as he met voters in Chelsea in the sunshine on Saturday

Mr Bailey was pictured along-side billionaire property developer Nick Candy and his Australian wife and former actress Holly Candy, known professionally as Holly Valance, along with their children.

Nick Candy, who with his brother Christian is estimated to share a joint net worth of £1.5 billion, cut a casual figure in a blue zip-up cardigan, scarf and sunglasses, next to Bailey’s typical white-shirt look.

The group rolled up outside a cafe in Chelsea in Mr Bailey’s campaign bus, which appeared to be an old London double-decker spray-painted black, with the candidates campaign logo and slogans displayed on the side.

On Thursday, Bailey launched a scathing attack incumbent London Mayor Sadiq Khan accusing him of mounting a ‘£4.68 billion tax grab’ by introducing a raft of controversial measures.

Mr Bailey claimed that his Labour opponent – who is currently ahead in the polls – will generate the huge figure over the next three years if he wins the May election.

The £4.68 billion is mainly made up of plans to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North and South Circular roads with motorists charged £12.50 to enter it, plans to charge motorists £5.50 for going into Greater London and a proposed Council Tax hike.

The group rolled up outside a cafe in Chelsea in Mr Bailey's campaign bus, which appeared to be an old London double-decker spray-painted black, with the candidates campaign logo and slogans displayed on the side

The group rolled up outside a cafe in Chelsea in Mr Bailey's campaign bus, which appeared to be an old London double-decker spray-painted black, with the candidates campaign logo and slogans displayed on the side

The group rolled up outside a cafe in Chelsea in Mr Bailey’s campaign bus, which appeared to be an old London double-decker spray-painted black, with the candidates campaign logo and slogans displayed on the side

Nick Candy

Nick Candy

Holly Candy, formerly Holly Vallance

Holly Candy, formerly Holly Vallance

Nick (right) and Holly Candy (left), formerly Holly Vallance, accompanied Shaun Bailey on the campaign trail on Saturday in Chelsea

Speaking at the launch of his campaign bus, which will tour the capital as the election hots up, Mr Bailey said: ‘If we continue on the current trend that Sadiq Khan is going, we are set to pay an extra £4.68 billion in tax in the next three years, and that’s just as London is trying to recover from the effects of Covid. 

‘The next year or two will determine the next 10 to 15 years of economic development in London, and by extension, the whole country.’

But the numbers were disputed by the Labour mayor’s campaign, with a London Labour spokesperson saying: ‘These ridiculous claims are so completely ludicrous and lacking in any basis in the real world that we are beginning to feel sorry for the Tory candidate. 

‘His campaign has started to look more like a comedy sketch than a real campaign for London Mayor. For the avoidance of all doubt – these are invented numbers, with no foundation in the real world and Londoners should just completely ignore them.’ 

Mr Bailey is going head to head with Mr Khan for the keys to Town Hall at the election on May 6

Mr Bailey is going head to head with Mr Khan for the keys to Town Hall at the election on May 6

Mr Bailey is going head to head with Mr Khan for the keys to Town Hall at the election on May 6

On April 19, Mr Bailey insisted he could increase the strength of the Metropolitan Police by 25 per cent as he vowed to cut crime in London within 100 days of taking office if elected.

At a virtual manifesto launch in Edgware, the Tory mayoral candidate promised to hire 8,000 new police officers, redeploy 1,000 officers to focus on violence against women and girls and reopen 38 police stations. The latest official figures show there are nearly 33,000 Met officers.

But he was forced to deny that his recruitment drive amounted to ‘fantasy politics’ as he was questioned about the cost of the pledge. The small print of the 56-page document published today reveals he would be asking the Home Office to cover the bulk of the £521million annual cost.

Labour's Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, unveils a new campaign advert in Westminster, London, urging Londoners to register for a postal vote ahead of the deadline

Labour's Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, unveils a new campaign advert in Westminster, London, urging Londoners to register for a postal vote ahead of the deadline

Labour’s Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, unveils a new campaign advert in Westminster, London, urging Londoners to register for a postal vote ahead of the deadline

Mr Bailey said ‘rising crime’ was the ‘number one challenge for London’ as he warned that the capital risked replacing a ‘health pandemic with a crime epidemic’ as it emerges from Covid-induced shutdowns. 

In response to Mr Bailey’s announcement, a Labour spokesman told MailOnline: ‘These are complete fantasy figures and yet more lies from the Tory candidate that prove once again that he is not a serious candidate for Mayor of London.

‘Londoners haven’t forgotten that he was the youth and crime adviser in Downing Street who personally oversaw huge cuts to London’s police and youth services. 

‘Don’t give the keys of the car to the person who crashed it in the first place.’           

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