London Election Special Tonight at 6pm

Over this weekend Boris Johnson will clear out his office in City Hall to make way for the new Mayor of London who starts work on Monday morning. Our very own local Labour MP for Tooting Sadiq Khan could be the man who gets the position or possibly neighbouring Conservative MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston Zac Goldsmith.

IMG_5854Tonight on Wandsworth Radio at 6pm 5 of the Mayoral candidates will explain why they want your votes.

Julia Bright met Zac Goldsmith this week in Putney, Thomas Connolly our News Editor met the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor Caroline Pidgeon and Jason Rosam has spoken to Sian Berry for the Green Party and Peter Whittle for UKIP.

ChSbtLgWkAA8q3fAlso on tonights show Labour’s candidate for the Merton and Wandsworth constituency on the London Assembly and Wandsworth Councillor Leonie Cooper will be in the studio to discuss her campiagn and why she beleives Sadiq Khan is the right man to be Mayor.

These elections are for the Mayor of London, the Merton and Wandsworth Constituency London Assembly Member, and the 11 London-wide Assembly Members. You will be given three ballot papers when you vote.


Sian Berry  The Green PartySian Berry

Sian Berry is a local councillor in Camden and has worked as a transport campaigner and expert for 12 years. As a tenant in the private rented sector, she understands London’s housing crisis. “I love London. I have lived here all my working life, and it’s the most exciting city in the world to be part of. Greens have proven time and again that we have the interests of London’s communities at heart. From defending council housing and raising the alarm about air pollution to fighting for the London Living Wage, we have the vision and practical good ideas London needs. As Green Mayor of London I will shake up City Hall and bring in the voices of ALL Londoners.”

Zac Goldsmith – Conservative Zac Goldsmith

Only with a strong economy, competent management and a constructive relationship with the Government can the Mayor get things done for London. Zac Goldsmith is the only candidate who can work with this Government to secure the funds and powers needed to deliver his Action Plan for Greater London. More Homes, Better Transport, Cleaner Air and Safer Streets. All paid for without increasing Mayoral council tax. At last year’s General Election Zac achieved the biggest increased majority of any sitting MP in the country. This shows he successfully stood up and delivered for his constituents. If elected as Mayor he will do the same for London. When Zac makes a promise, you can be certain he will stand up for you and deliver it – even when it’s not popular or easy to do so.

Sadiq Khan – Labour Sadiq Khan

“London gave me the chance to go from the council estate where I grew up to helping run a business and serving as Transport Minister. I’m running for Mayor to give all Londoners the same opportunities that our city gave me. I’ll be my own man. I have the right values, experience and vision to tackle the Tory housing crisis and be a Mayor for all Londoners.”  Giving Londoners – not overseas investors – first dibs on affordable new build homes. Making renting more affordable and protecting the green belt. Freezing all TfL fares for four years, in a fully funded plan, protecting investment and improving services. Bringing in a new, one-hour bus ticket called “The Hopper” and improving suburban rail services. Creating new jobs, training Londoners in the skills our economy needs and protecting space for businesses. Ensuring more Londoners are paid the London Living Wage and that it reflects the cost of living.

Caroline Pidgeon – Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon

Caroline Can … sort out London’s housing by building 200,000 new homes. Caroline will crack down on rogue landlords, ban unfair letting agent fees and give tenants more rights when their landlords sell up. Caroline Can … make London safer by putting 3,000 more police on our streets. Caroline will break the cycle of violent crime by placing youth workers in A&E departments and set up educational projects in schools. Caroline Can … make transport work for us. As Liberal Democrat Mayor for London, Caroline Pidgeon will introduce half price fares before half seven on all tube, DLR, Overground and TfL Rail journeys. She has costed popular plans for a one hour bus ticket. Caroline Pidgeon has the experience to get the job done, has served on the London Assembly for 8 years and has held the Mayor, the Metropolitan Police and TfL to account on behalf of Londoners.

Peter Whittle – UKIP Peter Whittle

My name is Peter Whittle and I am UKIP’s London Mayoral candidate. I’m proud to be a Londoner born and bred. I’ve lived and worked here nearly all my life. This is a wonderful city. But it has huge problems too. There is a chronic housing shortage, immigration is out of control and violent crime is on the rise. The Mayor should represent the concerns of all Londoners. As your Mayor I will not flinch from addressing these important issues.

A vote for UKIP is a vote to get out of the EU. We will end open borders and introduce an Australian style points system. Build more houses across London and ensure Londoners have priority in social housing. Scrap council translation services and reinvest the money into London’s communities. Support police stop and search powers to help reduce knife crime and save young lives and cut immigration and tax vacant foreign owned properties to reduce pressure on London’s housing.

Other Candidates standing in the Mayoral election…

Who will win the Mayoral race? Its up to you but to make your choice listen to Wandsworth Radio from 6pm.

May 4th, 2016

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