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Michael Bloomberg as London's Mayor? Some Brits Are Hoping

By    |   Saturday, 04 Apr 2015 08:43 PM

Some British conservatives are hoping former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might consider running for the same job — but in London.

"It would be an outstanding coup for London if Mike Bloomberg could be persuaded to run for mayor right here," Steve Hilton, an adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, told The Sunday Times of London. "His sort of pragmatic, issue-solving leadership is precisely what London requires."

Bloomberg, 73, doesn't have British citizenship, but his ties to London run deep.

If he ran in May 2016, Bloomberg would seek to succeed Mayor Boris Johnson, who has held the post since 2008. Johnson and Bloomberg are friends, according to the Times.

Besides having a $20 million townhouse in Knightsbridge, Bloomberg's former wife is British and both his daughters are British citizens, the New York Post reports. The three-term mayor's financial-information empire is also expanding in London.

In addition, Bloomberg was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for his philanthropy throughout the U.K., the Times reports.

Known for his staunch support for gun control and battling the fast-food industry over large, sugary drinks, Bloomberg also lobbied strongly for plans to create New York City's publicly funded charter schools, which are privately run, and developed policies to encourage the building of more affordable housing throughout the city.

"Run for Mayor of London? Flattered, but rule it out," a Bloomberg spokesman said on Twitter, the New York Daily News reports.

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