And that, for them, will be progress.
The Romford MP is the candidate for people who think Zac Goldsmith was too subtle.
The Braintree MP’s short interest in the race ended with a demonstration of what his party’s candidate shouldn’t do.
The Braintree MP ticks a lot of boxes for the ideal Tory candidate – but he also ticks a lot of Labour’s boxes for Khan's preferred opponent.
For any ambitious Tory with connections to the capital, even losing has its advantages.
While the popular Ruth Davidson has transformed the position of the Scottish Tories, she has not transformed their personnel; meanwhile Labour lags a distant third.
Two big votes in the Commons pose a tricky challenge for any would-be opponent in the London mayoral election.
On Monday 21 May, while Radio 4 obsessed over Thameslink, just 64 per cent of Northern trains managed to run on time.
The question is, does that matter?
The incumbent finance secretary is well-placed, regardless of the system.
Carolyn Harris elected first deputy leader of Welsh Labour.