London is at a crossroads

London is at a crossroads

London is the greatest city in the world, but we’re at a crossroads. Londoners are being priced out of our city altogether, and the next generation are missing out on the opportunities that our city gave me. If we don’t act now, it could be too late.

I have a vision for making London better for all Londoners, and a real plan for making it a reality. I have the experience, values and vision to put London back on the right track.

Fix the Tory Housing crisis:

  • Homes for Londoners - a new team dedicated to building genuinely affordable homes to buy and rent, bringing forward public land, bringing in additional funding and working with councils and private developers.
  • First dibs for Londoners - offer new homes to local people first, rather than overseas investors.
  • A 50 per cent affordable homes target - a London-wide target with firm new rules for developers to make sure they build more genuinely affordable homes.
  • Making renting more affordable - with new ‘London Living Rent’ homes linked to a third of local average income, a London-wide letting agency, tougher action against rogue landlords, and a push for powers over the rental sector.
  • Protect the Green Belt - new homes must be built on brownfield land, not the Green Belt.

A modern and affordable transport system:

  • Freeze all TfL fares for four years so Londoners won’t pay a penny more in 2020 - financed by slashing the use of expensive consultants, clamping down on fare dodging  and reducing waste by merging engineering departments.
  • Introduce ‘The Hopper’ - a new bus ticket so Londoners can change buses as many times as they need within one hour but only pay a single fare.
  • Infrastructure for tomorrow - secure TfL control of London commuter lines, get Crossrail 2 underway and start planning for the infrastructure of the future, including Crossrail 3, orbital routes for outer London, and continuing the Tube upgrade programme.
  • A new runway at Gatwick - London’s economy needs more airport capacity, but Heathrow can’t be the solution because of air and noise pollution. I’ll push for a new runway at Gatwick.

 A stronger and fairer economy:

  • Establish Skills for Londoners - a new partnership with London’s businesses to ensure Londoners have the skills for the jobs of the future, and London’s businesses have access to the skilled workforce they need to grow.
  • Support London’s entrepreneurs and small businesses - protecting small business space, creating more start -up spaces, and improving our digital infrastructure.
  • A Living Wage city - work with business to establish the London Living Wage as a minimum standard for all workers, with Business Rate incentives for small Living Wage employers.

A healthier and greener city:

  • Tackle air pollution - expand the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, introduce more environmentally friendly buses, and plant two million trees focused around schools.
  • London-wide leadership on health - use London’s new powers over the NHS to put patients first and ensure all Londoners have access to health and social care that works for them.
  • Get Londoners cycling - make junctions safer, create more cycle superhighways, better quiet ways and provide more cycling parking spaces.                                                                                                                                            
  • Back low-carbon energy - supporting community generation initiatives, installing solar PV on public buildings and divesting London’s pension fund from fossil fuels.  

Keeping Londoners safe:

  • Support community policing - oppose Tory cuts to the number of police officers and prioritise community policing.
  • Tackle knife crime with tough community payback, introducing better prevention programmes, and work with communities to map and challenge London’s gang activity.
  • Stop extremism and radicalisation by working with mainstream Muslims to challenge extremism, promoting greater social integration and protecting community policing.

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