Brian Paddick: I am fighting to win in London
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
"I want to change London for the good and that is why I want to be Mayor of London and that is why I am fighting to win.
"People said to me you won't succeed if you're open about your sexuality - yet I became the highest ranking openly gay police officer in the UK.
"People said I couldn't tell my officers not to arrest people for cannabis, so they could concentrate on what was really important to local people - it's now police policy nationally.
"People are saying I can't be Mayor of London - watch me!
"We honestly believe we can deliver the best ever result in the Greater London Authority elections, Mayor and Assembly.
"We want a Liberal Democrat Mayor and Assembly, and with your help and support, on the streets, on the phones, on fundraising, on 3 May we really can achieve the best result the London Liberal Democrats have ever had."
"We used to have five London assembly members and we can have five assembly members again.
"Last time we only got three and a member of the BNP got in instead.
"I don't know about you but I don't want the BNP in the London Assembly. I don't want UKIP in the London Assembly.
"That's how important every single vote cast for the London Liberal Democrats is in this election."