A record-breaking 20 candidates are in the working to be London’s subsequent mayor.
Everyone registered to vote on May 6 may have an opportunity to have their say on who will subsequent lead the capital.
Following the candidate listing announcement on April 1, this newspaper contacted all the contenders to ask them one easy query.
What will you do to enhance the lives of individuals residing in east London?
Seventeen hopefuls obtained again to us – learn their solutions right here, in alphabetical order by identify.
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The different three candidates are Let London Live’s Piers Corbyn and Independents Max Fosh and Niko Omilana.
The London mayoral race isn’t the solely election to happen on May 6 with folks additionally capable of have their say on the London Assembly members.
Brian Rose, London Real Party
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London has 32 boroughs, every with totally different challenges, and it’s no totally different right here.
We’ve visited each borough to search out out what’s taking place on the floor: Hackney, as an illustration, has seen the largest common home worth enhance in the nation in 20 years, but no-one’s excited about the individuals who reside right here or offering them properties.
We’ve recognized Hackney Wick and Poplar as websites for a revolutionary modular housing scheme, as a part of plans to construct 50,000 inexpensive properties by Christmas.
Meanwhile, I’ll put 10,000 extra officers on the streets, and get London again to work by scrapping the congestion cost.
Count Binface, Count Binface for Mayor of London
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I wish to make the world see east London for the thriving, affluent and joyful place that everyone knows it ought to be (and in lots of locations already is), not the ludicrous continuous screaming match as portrayed on the BBC’s EastEnders programme.
To this finish I’ll pay for the writers of EastEnders to truly go to east London, in order that for the first time of their lives they will get a clue about what the place is actually like.
If I’m mayor I can even spend money on colleges, transport, housing, the arts, and different issues that people vote for.
David Kurten, Heritage Party
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All of London has been plagued with highway blockages from Streetspace schemes, pop-up cycle lanes and LTNs (low-traffic neighbourhoods).
I’ll defund and take away all of them.
London has additionally suffered from spiralling violent and petty crime in the final 5 years.
I‘ll make London protected once more by refocusing the police on catching actual criminals and driving down crime moderately than chasing folks on social media and in search of “non-crime hate incidents”.
I can even do all the things in my energy as mayor to finish the lockdown and get all of our companies, pubs and retailers open once more with no restrictions.
Farah London, Independent
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I reside in east London and I like the variety and soul that comes with this a part of London.
I’ll open free youth academies throughout London to empower youths aged from eight years previous to 21 years previous in performing arts, inventive studios and sports activities.
I additionally recognise ladies are a basic a part of any neighborhood, and I will probably be opening ladies’s centres, offering a protected place to study, socialise, provide psychological wellbeing, co-working area and mentorship applications.
Through the centres we will probably be offering entrepreneur grants for ladies to develop into enterprise leaders inside the neighborhood.
I will probably be addressing the rising crime charges with a hands-on strategy with neighborhood leaders – it’s time we take again management with community-led insurance policies.
Kam Balayev, Renew
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Why me? Well, as a result of London wants a distinct means.
A brand new means of managing our economic system that takes benefit of the knowledge that we, as Londoners, generate yearly, however thus far obtain little or no in return from.
Safer neighbourhoods by tackling organised crime at its supply, with a zero-tolerance coverage on the knife crime and gang violence that plagues east London’s streets.
Comprehensive help for small companies, who’re the lifeblood of our native communities.
As your subsequent mayor, my sole focus will probably be on delivering a greater future for you and your loved ones.
Laurence Fox, The Reclaim Party
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I’ll unlock London to assist Londoners get again to work and revel in a traditional life once more.
I’ll ship free journey on tubes and buses for six months that will help you get again on the transfer and supply our metropolis with an enormous enhance.
I’ll take the politics out of the police and introduce powerful New York-style policing to focus on crime and cease the gangsters from transferring into our communities.
I’ll disband the Mayor’s statue fee [Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm], as an alternative creating new statues to have a good time the lives of nice Londoners.
This is your London, it’s your freedom, reclaim it.
Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrat
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The Liberal Democrats have a plan to take London ahead.
It has a transparent focus on three fundamental wants: jobs, properties and clear air.
We will reinvent the excessive road to place it again at the coronary heart of the neighborhood and create first rate native jobs.
We will convert empty places of work into high quality, inexpensive properties to assist sort out the housing disaster.
And we are going to scrap the polluting Silvertown Tunnel highway venture, investing in greener public transport as an alternative, to scrub up our air.
With the massive concepts in our Liberal Democrat plan, I’m able to “Take London Forward”.
Mandu Reid, Women’s Equality Party
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The Women’s Equality Party will struggle tirelessly to finish violence towards ladies and women in east London.
Our metropolis has by no means had a girl as mayor and it exhibits – funding for ladies’s companies and cost charges for sexual assault have fallen dramatically over the final decade.
We have excessive charges of sexual assault and home violence is rising.
We can finish violence, however provided that we make it a political precedence.
We would spend money on violence prevention programmes, neighborhood help companies and specialist policing to analyze crimes so that every one ladies can reside free from the worry of violence.
Nims Obunge, Independent
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East London was my dwelling and is dwelling to just about three million ethnically various folks and a few of London’s key landmarks.
As your mayor I’ll:
1. Address the root causes of crime and spend money on preserving our streets and houses protected by implementing our strong neighborhood and policing plan.
2. Support native councils to quick observe our inexpensive housing schemes.
3. Implement a Covid aid fund addressing meals poverty, unemployment and enterprise sustainability.
4. Strengthen the arts, know-how and sports activities sectors.
There is extra to do however for now we should demand change as a result of we deserve higher.
Peter Gammons, UKIP
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You want a mayor who will seek the advice of folks and symbolize them – not pressure adjustments on them.
I’ve methods for lowering violent crime and defending ladies and younger folks.
I’m combating for cladding victims, cab drivers, renters, to freeze council taxes and for many who can’t afford new electrical automobiles.
I’ll cease the growth of congestion costs, bicycle lanes and LTNs (low-traffic neighbourhoods).
It is time to finish lockdown and rebuild the economic system.
I’ll shield London’s inexperienced areas and introduce neighbourhood schemes to rework and beautify each neighborhood.
So, vote for somebody who will struggle for you.
Richard Hewison, Rejoin EU
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Brexit has been a catastrophe for the folks of east London.
If we’re elected, we are going to arrange a Brexit Bureaucracy Busters workplace the place consultants with expertise of residing and dealing in east London will probably be accessible to help companies struggling to commerce with the EU, college students keen to check in the EU, artists hoping to carry out in the EU, in addition to ensuring our holidays go forward as deliberate.
We can’t restore all misplaced alternatives stolen by Brexit, however we will a minimum of remedy a few of the issues now confronted.
Put Rejoin EU primary on your poll.
Sadiq Khan, Labour
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If re-elected on May 6, my focus will probably be on jobs, jobs, jobs.
I’ll assist shield present jobs, help companies to create new ones and assist Londoners who’ve misplaced their job throughout the pandemic get again into work.
I’ll construct extra council properties and marketing campaign for lease controls to get a grip on rising rents in the space.
I’ll additionally look ahead to seeing Eastbrook Studios in Dagenham – which I championed all through my first time period – making its first movies.
A vote for me is a vote for a brighter future for east London, after the pandemic.
Shaun Bailey, Conservative
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From its historical past to its companies, east London is iconic.
But like many elements of our metropolis, life right here has develop into harder over the final 5 years. So I’m campaigning to present London a contemporary begin.
As mayor, I’ll make our streets safer with 8,000 extra police.
I’ll reverse the congestion cost hike on day one.
I’ll scrap plans to increase ULEZ to the North and South Circular, so east Londoners aren’t hit with new costs.
And I’ll cease plans for an Outer London Tax that might harm companies.
With safer streets and decrease payments, collectively we’ll give London a contemporary begin.
Sian Berry, Green Party
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Right now, Londoners are crying out for a brand new begin.
A restoration that raises everybody up and creates a safe future.
A Green mayor will convey contemporary considering on housing, and I’ll work with different mayors round the nation to win the powers we have to set lease controls and produce down runaway rents.
Greens have a transparent plan to maintain London transferring, and I’ll convey down fares in outer London by making a single zone on tube and rail and a flat fare, similar to we have now on our buses.
We can create the greenest metropolis in the world, with clear air throughout the complete metropolis and extra inexperienced areas for all, however we will solely get there with a Green mayor.
Steve Kelleher, Social Democratic Party
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Fifty thousand new council homes a yr by 2024 and top-priority for candidates born and raised in the borough the place they apply. Londoner’s households as soon as once more inside strolling distance, enhancing neighbourhoods.
Free journey for everybody in the three years as much as their twenty fifth birthday, supporting younger Londoners getting on with rebuilding life after lockdown.
Ten thousand extra officers redeployed to the neighbourhood beats throughout London. Take politics out of policing – police the streets, not the tweets.
Community-supported cease and search saves lives, so we help it, and belief native police commanders to maintain the streets protected.
Valerie Brown, Burning Pink
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When we work collectively, we make selections that may change all the things.
Through Citizens’ Assemblies, unusual folks with totally different views get to grasp one another, making associates the place there was hatred earlier than.
Given all the details, folks type out tough issues. This has occurred time and again.
I’ll hand over energy to Citizens’ Assemblies.
The folks of east London may have their very own Assemblies.
Young folks want a future they will look ahead to.
It’s potential to cut back crime and put an finish to poverty. We can reply to the risks we face from local weather change. We can study from the easiest – the finest educators, finest healthcare, finest neighborhood organisations.
Vanessa Hudson, Animal Welfare Party
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I reside in Tower Hamlets and it’s important to me that good well being and alternative belong to all throughout east London – not solely folks however the animals we share our lives with too.
It’s additionally essential we shield the pure world so the planet we hand over to our kids and grandchildren is liveable.
As we emerge from the pandemic, we face a selection: proceed alongside the path that introduced us right here or forge a brand new means.
I consider London should lead the world in a brand new path – appearing as a beacon of innovation and of wholesome, sustainable compassionate residing.