Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn 'thinking about' mayor of London bid

The former Labour leader said he was 'not disappearing' and refused to rule out running to replace Sadiq Khan as mayor of the city.

Edinburgh Fringe: Jeremy Corbyn ‘thinking’ about independent mayor of London bid STV News

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe he will “have a think about” standing for election as an independent mayor of London.

Corbyn appeared alongside former Unite general secretary Len McCluskey as part of the All Talk event by broadcaster Iain Dale at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Saturday.

Asked if he was considering a run for the mayoralty as an independent, Corbyn told audience members: “Well let’s have a think about it, shall we?

“I want to see change in our society. I’m not disappearing, I’m not going away.

“I look at my diary and I’m more active than I have ever been at any other time in my life.”

Last month Corbyn told the LBC radio station he was “not ruling anything in and not ruling anything out” about his future in politics.

Corbyn, 74, was unexpectedly elected as leader of the Labour Party in 2015.

He resigned following a historic defeat at the 2019 general election.

He was also asked if he was considering standing in his Islington North constituency as an independent, which he has represented since 1983.

Corbyn said: “I’m very happy and very proud to be the MP for Islington North.

“I live in the area, I know large numbers of of people in the area.

“I have learned a great deal from the people I represent. I am available to represent the people if that is what they wish.”

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