Zac Goldsmith is the Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London
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Born in 1975 in Richmond, west London, Zac Goldsmith has spent much of his life fighting for causes he believes in, since being elected, on local, national and international issues important to his constituents.
For ten years Zac ran the Ecologist Magazine, receiving the Mikhail Gorbachev’s Global Green Award for ‘International Environmental Leadership’. During his tenure, the magazine grew significantly in scope, range and influence. One notable campaign involved challenging biotech company Monsanto over its undue influence on US regulators. The company waged a campaign against the magazine, forcing printers to pulp the early edition and retailers to agree not stock it. Instead of shutting down the magazine, it sold well over half a million copies.
In 2010 Zac was elected MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston. He has been voted Politician of the Year four times by four organisations for his campaigning work. He has led campaigns against Heathrow expansion, pressed for free parking to help small shops in his constituency, stopped plans to charge families for enjoying Richmond Park, stopped the sell off of playing fields, secured significant extra funds for Kew Gardens, secured funding for a new secondary school and much more. Nationally he has led campaigns to make our Planning system more democratic, our MPs more accountable to voters, and protection of our natural environment a priority.
In 2015 he was re-elected for his London seat with one of the biggest increased majorities in the country. Shortly afterwards when Zac balloted his constituents to ask their permission to run for Mayor of London, they overwhelmingly backed him with 79% saying Yes.
Outside of his work as an MP, Zac raises funds for a wide range of conservation and environmental campaigns. His book, The Constant Economy, was published by Atlantic in September 2009.