Brian Paddick has said he may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2012 London mayoral race.

The former most senior out gay police officer in Britain, he was the party’s candidate in the 2008 race but came third with ten per cent of the vote.

He has put his name forward ahead of today’s nominations deadline.

Previously, Mr Paddick said Londoners would not want “a mirror-image re-run of what happened last time”.

But with the party yet to declare a candidate, he told BBC News: “It has all been quite last minute. I put my name forward before the deadline for the application expires.

“However I have not made a final decision. I want to gauge support over the next two weeks before deciding whether to declare officially.”