Sol Campbell will not be throwing his hat into the ring for the safe Conservative seat of Kensington and Chelsea, he announced today.
The former England defender released a statement after speculation mounted that he might replace disgraced Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind who resigned after a cash for access scandal last week.
In a statement he said: “Due to growing speculation about the upcoming seat vacated by Malcolm Rifkind in Kensington & Chelsea, I would like to say that I will not be putting my name forward.
“It is a plum seat and whoever is picked by the Conservatives will be the right person for the job.”
— Sol Campbell (@SolManOfficial) March 3, 2015
Despite his rejection of the seat Campbell didn’t rule out pursuing other political avenues in the future.
He added: “My ambitions lie elsewhere in the political arena.
“There are a lot of discussions to be had which I believe is the proper way to get to the right conclusion.”
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