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Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London sets out his vision for our city

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In his speech at Labour Party Conference this week, Sadiq Kahn, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London spoke passionately about the opportunities he and his family have benefited from in London. He set out his vision for London – a city in which all everyone had a secure and affordable home, where everyone could get a good education and fulfil their potential.  

He has promised to make the make this Mayoral election a referendum on Housing. There us a severe shortage across all tenures. Right to buy has eroded London’s social housing stock, and private tenants in London now spend an average of 72% of their wages on rent crippling their ability to save for their futures. With home ownership falling every year - an entire generation has little chance of owning their own home in London.

In Lewisham, the Labour Council has promised to build at least 500 new council homes and deliver 2,000 affordable homes by 2018. But with a Labour mayor, we could do so much more. Sadiq has pledged that as Mayor of London he will set up a new team of housing experts in City Hall called ‘Homes for Londoners’ that will fund, plan and deliver new homes in the capital and he has pledged to bring in a London living rent to protect Londoners from the huge rent demands of private landlords.

Sadiq has pledged to invest in London’s transport infrastructure, and to ensure it is affordable for all Londoners to use. Lewisham Labour has long campaigned for better transport infrastructure, including securing the extension of the DLR and the East London Line to the borough. Lewisham Labour has been campaigning for years to extend the Bakerloo Line to to Lewisham – and Sadiq Khan has promised to deliver this if elected.

London is a wealthy city, but a very unequal one. Sadiq is committed to making London the first Living Wage City, ensuring that a fair day’s work is rewarded with a fair day’s pay, and that every Londoner gets a pay packet that reflects the cost of living. We were the first Council in the country to sign up to the Living Wage and we are working to support and encourage employers in Lewisham to do so to. By working together with a Labour Mayor of London, we could do so much more.

The London Elections will take place in May. As well as electing our Mayor, we’ll also be voting for our London Assembly Member. The Labour candidate will be Len Duvall.

As we face four more years of Tory rule, it’s more important than ever to have a Labour Mayor to stand up to their vicious Tory cuts that would hit our city hard.

If you want to get involved in Sadiq’s campaign, you can sign up here. And if you want to join our party and make a difference in your local area, you can do so here.

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