Blue is not the colour for Manchester City’s Lampard as he turns down Tory party approach

Frank Lampard won’t be swapping one blue team for another it appears.

The former Chelsea star is currently playing for their title rivals Manchester City and is due to complete a big money switch to New York and the Major Soccer League in the summer.

However, the 36-year old has made no secret of his long-term political ambitions, though the £67,060 annual salary hardly compares to the £190,000 a week he currently banks.

Tory chiefs were reportedly keen for the footballer to fill the ultra safe Kensington & Chelsea seat that became free after Sir Malcolm Rifkind resigned following a cash for access scandal last week.

But he has turned down their approaches – while keeping his future options open, showing deft political as well as football skills.

In a 2013 interview, Lampard – who is engaged to television presenter Christine Bleakley – admitted he had previously voted for Tony Blair but remained a ‘conservative at heart’ – he even added he only read The Guardian at the dentist.

Other names linked to the plum constituency, which current boosts a healthy 8,600 Tory majority, are David Cameron’s influential speechwriter Clare Foges, his advisor on education Laura Trott and Victoria Borwick, London mayor Boris Johnson’s highly-rated deputy.

Also touted for the seat, previously occupied by colourful MPs Michael Portillo and Alan Clark, are Olympic rower James Cracknell – overlooked in selection races in Bexhill and Battle and in Uxbridge and South Ruislip – television journalist Jeremy Paxman and TV historian Dan Snow.

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