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London elections 2021: Your candidates questioned

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By Tim Donovan & Susana Mendonca & Sam Francis
BBC London

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A record-breaking 20 candidates are working to turn into the following mayor of London.

More than six million persons are registered to vote within the capital on 6 May.

We requested every candidate why they suppose they need to get your vote, and quizzed them on their priorities.

Here is what they needed to say.

Shaun Bailey, Conservatives

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London wants a recent begin. Sadiq Khan has did not ship.

Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen file ranges of crime. We’ve seen council tax payments hiked. And after all, we have seen no supply on housing.

I’ve a plan to offer London a recent begin to transfer in the fitting path.

I’ll get 8,000 further law enforcement officials on the streets, 4,000 youth employees to assist our younger folks. I’ll construct 100,000 properties for £100,000 utilizing shared possession. Each a kind of properties will produce 2.4 jobs.

The largest downside in London is undoubtedly the crime epidemic.

Even Sadiq Kahn himself mentioned the streets of London are not protected for girls and women. That’s simply not acceptable.

That’s why I’ll reopen 38 police stations that Sadiq Khan has closed

I spend a lot of my time bridging the hole between communities and police and I’ll try this throughout all of London.

And I’ve a plan to generate 924,000 jobs over a five-year interval.

Watch an prolonged interview with Shaun Bailey right here.

Kam Balayev, Renew

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Londoners are sitting on a goldmine. I wish to unlock this money from my platform, which is the brand new financial system.

We are being robbed each day. By the time Londoners are finished studying this interview, they’ll have generated sufficient knowledge for Big Tech to show into money.

I merely wish to reverse this. I wish to take a few of the earnings from Big Tech, that they generate from us, and make investments again in us by a pay rise and inexpensive properties for Londoners.

I believe we have to rethink our dialog and our relationship with Big Tech.

Of course, we now have to work along with 10 Downing Street and different stakeholders. Alone it isn’t achievable.

Watch an prolonged interview with Kam Balayev right here.

Sian Berry, Green Party

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Londoners are crying out for a brand new begin after the 12 months we have had – and the present issues we had even earlier than coronavirus.

They wish to see an actual inexperienced restoration. One that invests in folks, in a safe future, they usually’re able to vote for it.

The Greens are able to roll up our sleeves, like Green mayors throughout London, and construct up that inexperienced financial system.

The housing disaster has been vastly worsened by the coronavirus disaster. We now have renters throughout London in arrears.

We have a large scarcity of social housing and we’re pulling down completely good council properties and never changing them for years.

It has to cease. We want a mayor of London who’s keen to become involved.

London’s present mayor is leaving loads of gaps in Green insurance policies. A £50m inexperienced restoration is a drop within the ocean.

Watch an prolonged interview with Sian Berry right here.

Count Binface, Count Binface for Mayor of London

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Like many Londoners, I seemed on the record of candidates in 2021 and I believed “that is trying like a garbage election”.

And you recognize, garbage is type of my factor. So I believed, ‘why not throw my bin into the ring?’.

My plan is to place London on the map.

London’s pigeons additionally want checking out. They’ve been getting away with an excessive amount of for too lengthy.

But I suppose my largest platform is about bettering London’s transport, bettering London’s cleanliness and ensuring as soon as this entire Covid nastiness is out of the way in which we are able to “construct again higher”. That slogan is mine!

One of my key platforms is to complete Crossrail. People are saying I’m mad to even try it however that railway must be constructed, it doesn’t matter what.

Watch an prolonged interview with Count Binface right here.

Valerie Brown, Burning Pink

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We want to alter the system of presidency and put the ability within the fingers of the folks. That is finished by residents’ assemblies.

This election for me is a very vital one as a result of we’d like systemic change.

And if I win, it’s a step in the fitting path. A daring step to start the transition from the ability within the fingers of politicians to energy within the fingers of the folks.

Inequality and the truth that folks’s voices aren’t heard are the most important issues Londoners face. The majority of Londoners are literally fairly poor folks. People who’re struggling and struggling.

For London to be a really democratic metropolis, all people’s voice needs to be heard.

I would like folks to inform me what’s vital to them and the way greatest to get across the metropolis.

Watch an prolonged interview with Valerie Brown right here.

Piers Corbyn, Let London Live

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Let London Live are the totally different celebration, which Londoners want to interrupt out of the present disaster of doom and have an actual affluent manner ahead.

The largest menace going through Londoners is the continuation of lockdown in numerous types. Covid restrictions and monitoring and tracing are an infringement on freedoms.

On day one, I’d finish all these Covid restriction measures. I’d inform the police to not implement them, however to focus on civil policing and knife crime.

And to allay the worry of people who find themselves nonetheless going to be apprehensive about such issues, we’re going to spend no matter is required to stop folks with a critical sickness from getting extra unwell.

Currently, a great deal of folks with most cancers and diabetes are excluded from the NHS due to the Covid restrictions. No-one must be left behind.

Watch an prolonged interview with Piers Corbyn right here.

Max Fosh, Independent

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I’m working to beat Laurence Fox.

I do not suppose I’d be a superb mayor in any respect. I do not suppose I’ve the experience or the political information to turn into London mayor.

But I’m working nonetheless, to beat the aforementioned Laurence Fox.

I additionally wish to enhance the voter turnout from the youthful demographic between 18-25. In the UK, we’re lagging behind when it comes to younger folks voting compared to our neighbours on the continent.

If I used to be elected London mayor, which I do know I’m not going to, I’d hearken to the entire scientists and folks from business to try to get us the most effective resolution to get us out of Covid-19.

I perceive that I’ve completely no likelihood of successful.

Watch an prolonged interview with Max Fosh right here.

Laurence Fox, Reclaim Party

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A 12 months in the past we locked down London for 3 weeks.

We gave our liberty to the federal government for 3 weeks to flatten the curve. Instead of giving us our freedom again, the federal government is contemplating much more authoritarian measures.

We have to get London open and transferring. Bring again vacationers to this nice metropolis and convey folks again to work.

The largest downside going through Londoners is lack of optimism, lack of hope. They’ve been frightened to loss of life, basically.

We want to offer folks hope and optimism to get again on the market. Get again working and get a small enterprise up and working.

You want to offer folks an incentive to get again on the Tubes, trains and buses and get again to work and play.

We can slowly get again to regular. Give folks permission to take pleasure in their life once more.

It’s time to get London again to work with some free transport and get the small enterprise open, and pubs, bars and eating places, and get folks to take pleasure in their lives once more. This is the best metropolis on earth.

Watch an prolonged interview with Laurence Fox right here.

Peter Gammons, UKIP

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I wish to restore sanity to London.

I’m uninterested in sitting in site visitors due to bicycle lanes. People are uninterested in their roads being closed down.

People are uninterested in choices being made with out them being consulted.

I imagine London wants a mayor that may symbolize them, not pressure issues on them.

There are a variety of issues. There’s a scarcity of inexpensive housing. I’ve methods to construct 100,000 properties for round £150,000.

We want to revive neighborhood policing – police on the beat to rebuild belief.

During the lockdown rallies, we have seen these violent scenes with police with riot shields.

Transport for London just isn’t run effectively. The entire factor must be re-evaluated.

Watch an prolonged interview with Peter Gammons right here.

Richard Hewison, Rejoin EU

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There is actually no-one else that represents my views standing for mayor of London.

Obviously, I’m in favour of rejoining the EU – therefore the identify of the celebration I’m working for.

What actually shocks me on this election is there is not any candidate who’s even acknowledging the issues that Brexit is bringing.

Brexit is a catastrophe for London. The quantity of people that have left London, the quantity of jobs which have left London and the quantity of capital that has left London – it is a catastrophe of an unprecedented scale.

Whatever your views are on Brexit, one thing needs to be finished to deal with it.

The largest points going through Londoners are the dual issues of recovering from Covid, popping out of lockdown and on the similar time adjusting to the brand new financial realities, which for a lot of Londoners means they’re radically altering the connection they’d with suppliers, prospects, folks and household on account of the modifications in Brexit.

Whoever turns into mayor has a large problem on their fingers.

Watch an prolonged interview with Richard Hewison right here.

Vanessa Hudson, Animal Welfare Party

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I’m standing for election as a result of, regrettably, I imagine the working of London has been approached from a speciesist perspective.

That is to say, we now have promoted the wants of people and we have not seemed on the wants of animals and the setting.

I imagine, as we emerge from a pandemic, that strategy not serves us.

It is that very strategy that has led us to the triple disaster we now face: the disaster of well being, the disaster of biodiversity and the disaster of local weather.

So, as we emerge from this pandemic, we now have the chance to forge a brand new manner ahead.

I imagine that London can lead the world in a brand new path, appearing as a beacon of innovation and of wholesome, sustainable, compassionate dwelling.

Obviously, the pandemic is the difficulty on the forefront of everybody’s thoughts. But the issue is that except we alter our relationship with nature, animals and the setting there could possibly be extra pandemics sooner or later for us to battle.

Watch an prolonged interview with Vanessa Hudson right here.

Sadiq Khan, Labour

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If I’m re-elected I believe it is doable for us to have a greater metropolis after the pandemic than earlier than – with a brighter future for London.

The mantra goes to be jobs, jobs, jobs. A inexperienced new deal, with a inexperienced expertise academy, creating jobs for our younger folks.

We want to verify we do not let the mix of the pandemic and Brexit result in the type of scenario we had within the Eighties – with mass unemployment and a technology written off.

That’s why we’ll construct on the progress made within the first time period with genuinely inexpensive properties, with ensuring we’re investing in younger Londoners, in addition to investing within the police. I’ll proceed to construct file numbers of council properties and genuinely inexpensive properties, and proceed to wash up the air in London.

So as we started to progress on all these issues, the important thing problem goes to be within the subsequent time period ensuring we keep away from a large recession.

Watch an prolonged interview with Sadiq Khan right here.

Steve Kelleher, Social Democratic Party

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My imaginative and prescient for London is to see grandparents, mother and father and grownup kids as soon as once more inside strolling distance of each other.

I’m going to do this by constructing 50,000 council homes per 12 months by 2024.

More importantly, I’ll prioritise folks born and bred within the borough to obtain these council homes.

That will likely be implausible for constructing neighborhood and can support my second massive coverage, which is to again our police.

I would like 10,000 neighbourhood police again on the beat, giving commanders the chance to take care of points with out politicians getting concerned.

I’ll give free journey for everyone within the three years working as much as their twenty fifth birthday.

I wish to assist the youth of London which have given up a lot throughout this pandemic. I wish to see them out, getting jobs and constructing companies – and getting London buzzing.

Watch an prolonged interview with Steve Kelleher right here.

David Kurten, Heritage Party

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My major ideas resonate with Londoners, that are to make London protected once more, get London transferring once more and open London.

The mayor has a really robust voice in the entire political scene within the nation.

I believe the mayor of London must name for an finish to lockdown and a gap up of companies, outlets, theatres and music venues with out restrictions.

That’s what we’d like. To get London thriving and booming once more.

London simply must have the shackles taken off. Londoners are modern. They’re entrepreneurial. Londoners have gotten nice power.

The mayor is in control of the Met Police. What I wish to do is get the police to deal with catching actual criminals reasonably than spending loads of time going spherical to folks’s homes and giving out fines for having a espresso morning or going to church buildings.

That’s not what the police must be doing.

Watch an prolonged interview with David Kurten right here.

Farah London, Independent

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London ought to all the time have an unbiased voice.

As we now have seen from successive mayors, when you have got a political celebration and a consultant mayor, sadly, they symbolize the political agenda and never the folks of London.

As we are able to see proper now, the political events of the mayor and the federal government, all they do is argue with one another and nothing will get finished.

I’m standing to be the unbiased voice for the folks of London.

We have misplaced our satisfaction in London. London is so disconnected. Communities are divided.

People do not know what it’s to be a Londoner any extra, and crime has spiralled uncontrolled.

So we’d like a mayor that has management, that may really run issues for the folks, and really put [forward] insurance policies that higher London.

My manifesto has been written on the grassroots by the folks. I’m not dictating.

Watch an prolonged interview with Farah London right here.

Nims Obunge, Independent

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I’m actually eager to make sure we cut back knife crime, violent crime in opposition to younger kids.

I wish to guarantee we are able to assist essentially the most weak households in our metropolis.

London is a tremendous metropolis, we now have such range. I wish to have fun the greatness that is in our metropolis.

There is violent crime in our metropolis and there may be poverty in our metropolis. We want to deal with these two key issues.

We’ve obtained to take care of the poverty of alternative and poverty of aspiration.

We have to have a look at what is going on in lots of communities the place we’re shedding younger lives – not simply shedding lives to knife crime, but in addition shedding them to the jail system.

The police funds is the best we now have ever had within the reminiscence of our metropolis, and but crime retains on going up.

It’s not about pouring more cash into policing, it is also about attempting to verify we put money into our communities.

Watch an prolonged interview with Nims Obunge right here.

Niko Omilana, Independent

Should I be London mayor? What a silly query – after all, I ought to.

The system is damaged for younger folks and I’m the one man who can repair it.

We aren’t taken severely and it makes me sick.

I’ve extra information, power and integrity than some other candidate.

The individuals who run this nation are unserious, and that comes from somebody sporting kids’s glasses.

But I’m taking motion now. I’ve a message to our prime minister on behalf of each younger particular person in our nation: “Boris Johnson, shush.”

The largest menace to our nation is our prime minister.

If a person who can not even comb his hair correctly is working our nation, then we actually haven’t any hope.

London underneath me may have equal alternative.

Watch an prolonged interview with Niko Omilana right here.

Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrats

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I’ve obtained a plan to take London ahead that embraces the modifications which are underneath manner within the capital; modifications which have sped up on account of the pandemic – issues just like the shift to on-line purchasing and extra residence working.

I’ve obtained a plan to verify we’re embracing that change and that we’re seizing the alternatives for our capital as a part of that.

I believe we have a once-in-a-generation alternative to lastly repair our housing disaster – changing a few of the empty workplace area approaching to the market into high quality inexpensive properties.

I believe we have a possibility to reinvent our excessive streets, with extra folks spending time of their native space and cash there. We can make sure that they’re match for the longer term and offering the providers that native communities want.

There’s a job disaster. London has been hit tougher than some other a part of the nation by unemployment on account of the pandemic.

That’s why I’ve put jobs on the coronary heart of my plan to take London ahead.

Watch an prolonged interview with Luisa Porritt right here.

Mandu Reid, Women’s Equality Party

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London has by no means had a feminine mayor and it reveals.

I would like London to be a metropolis the place everybody can take freedom and security as a right – women and men.

I would like London to be a metropolis the place everybody can thrive and fulfil their potential.

Now we’re at a crossroads in London with the aftermath of Covid and we now have to satisfy the second.

We’ve obtained to deal with two actually, actually massive issues.

The difficulty of violence in opposition to ladies and women, which has been in larger visibility over the previous couple of weeks.

As properly as recovering from Covid and coping with the truth that the affect of the pandemic has not fallen evenly, ladies are disproportionately affected.

Watch an prolonged interview with Mandu Reid right here.

Brian Rose, London Real Party

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Londoners care about 4 issues: crime, jobs, transport and housing.

With my 30 years of enterprise expertise, I plan to rebuild London’s financial system by abolishing the congestion cost till 2022 and dropping enterprise charges to zero.

Next, I wish to put 10,000 new law enforcement officials on the road.

I wish to increase £100m from firms to go on to our neighborhood centres.

I’m going to construct 50,000 new inexpensive properties by Christmas this 12 months. And I’m going to run TfL at a revenue by introducing an infrastructure levy.

London was based on the financial system, however but we do not have a businessperson on the helm.

I’ve labored in aerospace, automotive, on Wall Street and the City of London. I understand how to be proactive about getting London again to work.

We’ve obtained to put money into the financial system, and I’ve obtained massive plans.

Watch an prolonged interview with Brian Rose right here.

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