Posted on April 11th, 2012Renowned actor Tom Conti is backing Siobhan Benita running for Mayor of London. Mr Conti, who himself nearly ran as the Tory candidate for London mayor in 2008, said: "I support Siobhan running to be an independent mayor. She's an interesting candidate and should be taken seriously. It would be very good to have a mayor who wasn't from a political party". He went on to say she should be allowed on the upcoming mayoral debates: "I'd like to see her go head to head with Boris and Ken in a TV debate" Siobhan Benita is currently battling against broadcasting rules which mean she is barred from the high-profile TV debates because she has no previous track record in elections and no clear way to demonstrate public support for her. Siobhan welcomed Mr Conti's announcement: "I'm delighted that Tom Conti is supporting me running as an independent. He's a well-know figure who himself seriously considered standing as the Tory candidate last time around - so he understands the importance of the role. Actually, it's a shame he didn't stand as I'm sure he would have done a great job."