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The Liberal Democrats’ candidate for next year’s London mayoral election has pulled out of the race, following the election’s delay.

In a video posted on Twitter, Siobhan Benita explained she could not commit to another year of campaigning for the role, after the election was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

“The demands on a candidate are significant, especially in an election of this scale and particularly in an unpaid role means it’s difficult to get other work,” she said.

“Unfortunately with the delay due to the pandemic, I’m simply not able to commit to leading the type of campaign I want to lead in London.”

Benita had been picked as the party’s candidate in November, and announced she would campaign for the legalisation of cannabis to combat knife crime.

She previously ran in the 2012 London mayoral election as an independent, coming fifth.

The search for a new replacement candidate for the Liberal Democrats is already underway.

This is not the first candidate to drop out of the race, with the Women’s Equality Party replacing their original candidate after they withdrew and former Conservative leadership candidate Rory Stewart pulling out of the race after the election’s postponement.