Rory Stewart mocked after asking if he can kip on Londoners’ sofas

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Rory Stewart has been mocked after asking Londoners if he can stay in their homes in his bid to be elected their mayor.

The former Tory MP, who is running as an independent for London mayor, has launched his “ComeKipWithMe” campaign – an attempt to persuade the city’s electorate to let him come and stay for a night.

In his launch video, Mr Stewart admitted it was a “weird request” but said he wants to get to know the city by “being in other people’s shoes, seeing through their eyes, staying in their houses”.

The video shows Mr Stewart talking to a woman outside a building as he reveals he has previously stayed with “Lorraine in Newham” and a “young man in Streatham”.

In the final scene, he promises to bring a “sleeping bag and a box of chocolates”.

The campaign has been mocked online, with one Twitter user joking that Mr Stewart “can’t get a date for Valentine’s”.

Another person asked: “Why don’t you just use Tinder like everyone else?”

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And another Twitter user said: “I have a shed, just put the choccys through the letterbox, ta”.

But Mr Stewart was also praised for the campaign, with one person saying that “too many MPs are utterly clueless about how the majority of people in this country actually live”.

Rory Stewart is among the 21 Tory MPs who have been deselected by the party for voting against the government.
Image: Rory Stewart admitted his latest campaign is a ‘weird request’

However there appeared to be few seemingly genuine offers to take him up.

Mr Stewart, a former Tory leadership candidate, was sacked by Boris Johnson for rebelling over Brexit and chose not to stand again as an MP for Penrith and The Border.

The 47-year-old is aiming to walk through each of London’s 32 boroughs during his mission to unseat Labour’s incumbent in City Hall, Sadiq Khan.

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As well as Mr Khan, Mr Stewart is in the race for London mayor against Tory candidate Shaun Bailey, the Lib Dems’ Siobhan Benita and Sian Berry, the current co-leader of the Green Party.

Independent candidates for the poll in May include Rosalind Readhead, rapper Drillminister and Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers.

Housing, transport, jobs and security are the main issues the election will be fought on.

Rory Stewart mocked after asking Londoners if he can kip on their sofas

Rory Stewart has been mocked after asking Londoners if he can stay in their homes in his bid to be elected their mayor. The former Tory MP, who is running as an independent for London mayor, has launched his “ComeKipWithMe” campaign – an attempt to persuade the city’s electorate to let him come and stay for a night.

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