What is the Mayor responsible for?

On May 5th 2016 London residents will be able to vote for their next Mayor of London as well as elections for the Members of the London Assembly.

The Mayor will represent London on the national and international stage, promoting Londoner’s views and issues. The Mayor is held account by the Greater London Assembly.

They are responsible for areas such as economic development, arts, culture, the environment, policing, transport, housing, planning.

How are they elected?

The Election uses the Supplementary Vote System (SV), a simplified version of the AV.  The ballot paper will have two columns, one for voters first and another for their second choice.

The first choices are counted and, if a candidate receives a majority from these first preference votes they are elected. If no candidate reaches a majority, then the two candidates with the highest number of votes are enter a second round but the other candidates are eliminated.

The second preference votes on the ballot papers of the eliminated candidates are counted and those cast for the two remaining candidates are transferred. The candidate with the most votes at the end of this process wins the election.

Candidates

Siân Berry
Green Party

Housing.

> 200,000 new homes, half of them built affordably by smaller developers, communities, councils and housing associations.
> Renters’ rights supported, with a London Renters Union and a push for rent controls.

Transport.

> Fair fares for commuters, with lower costs for outer London, flat fares by 2025, and change between buses and trains without paying extra.
> People-friendly streets, with major projects in every borough to support walking and cycling

Environment.

> End the crisis of filthy air, by bringing pollution below legal limits by 2020 at the latest.
> Create a not-for-profit London Energy Company, to compete with the ‘Big 6’ and power Crossrail.

Business.

> Create a Bank for London to support small businesses and the local economy.*
> Fight for the London Living Wage for the one in five working Londoners who are still paid less.

Policing & Crime.

> Focus more police time on community policing, tackling hate crime and supporting young people.
> Achieve ambitious diversity targets and gender equality in the police, and introduce name-blind recruitment across London’s services.
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Zac Goldsmith
Conservative Party

Housing.

> Double home building to 50,000 a year by 2020 and ensuring development is in keeping with the local area.
> Giving Londoners the first chance to buy new homes built in London on public land.

Transport.

> Ensure the Night Tube goes ahead, starting Crossrail 2, and growing the rail network.
> Bringing suburban rail services under the Mayor’s control to increase and improve the service.

Environment.

> Protecting the green belt from development and creating more green spaces.
> Tackling air pollution with tougher rules on HGVs, and encouraging greener vehicles and safer cycling.

Business.

> Extending superfast broadband across London and backing London’s high streets.
> Promoting low cost office space for start-ups and helping these start-ups evolve to scale ups.

Policing & Crime.

> Protecting neighbourhood police teams and keeping them on the street and putting more police on public transport at night.
> Tackling the root causes of crime in local communities.
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Sadiq Khan
Labour Party

Housing.

> Build thousands more homes for Londoners each year, setting a target of 50% of new homes being affordable.
> Support councils to enforce clear, new rules to maximise the affordable housing in new developments.

Transport.

> Freeze TfL transport fares for four years and introduce a one-hour bus ‘Hopper’ ticket.
> Make cycling and walking safer, with more segregated cycle routes and action on dangerous junctions.

Environment.

> Pedestrianise Oxford Street to reduce pollution in the area. > Set a target of only buying clean electric or hydrogen buses from 2020.

Business.

> Involve business in decision making on key issues of policy and planning, from skills and housing costs, to transport infrastructure and business space.
> Promote the provision of small business and start-up premises in housing and commercial developments through the London Plan.

Policing & Crime.

> Commit to tackling violence against women and girls, including prioritising a greater police presence on public transport at key times to clamp down on sexual assault.
> Implement a tough knife crime strategy that focuses resources on tackling the city’s gangs.
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Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrat Party

Housing.

> Build 50,000 council homes to rent and 150,000 homes for sale and rent.
> We will crack down on rogue landlords.

Transport.

> Introduce half price fares before half seven on tube, DLR and TfL rail, a one-hour bus ticket and develop travelcards for part-time workers.
> Extend the tube and tram to connect parts of London previously left off the map.

Environment.

> Cut congestion and pollution by increasing the central zone charge.
> Switch London's buses and taxis to fully electric and help switch commercial vans too.

Business.

> Protect jobs and ensure London's businesses have the best opportunities to grow by campaigning to stay in the European Union.
> Training more childminders and supporting additional 'wrap-around' childcare for parents working longer and antisocial hours.

Policing & Crime.

> Recruit 3,000 extra police to patrol London's crime hotspots.
> Knife education programmes in schools, and youth workers in hospital A&Es to break the cycle of gang violence.
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Peter Whittle
UK Independence Party

Housing.

> Reduce pressure on housing stock by campaigning for greater controls on immigration.
> Prioritise Londoners when it comes to new homes built on GLA land and also in social housing.

Transport.

> Scrap projects such as the Garden Bridge, sell the Emirates cable car and campaign for the scrapping of HS2.
> Support the devolution to London of the Thameslink, South Eastern and Southern Western rail services.

Environment.

> Oppose the expansion of Heathrow, in favour of Gatwick and other regional/local airports.
> Prioritise brownfeild sites, over greenfield, for building.

Business.

> Support the black cab industry against unfair competition through a freeze on private hire car licensing.
> Help small businesses and the local high street by introducing free parking, and campaign against EU regulation.

Policing & Crime.

> Support police stop and search powers to help reduce knife crime and require health personal to report to police all instances of harm with bladed weapon.
> Stand behind the police in the enforcement of the law in relation to cultural practises such as FGM, forced marriage etc.
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The candidates above are presented in alphabetical order.

Alternative Candidates

David Furness (British National Party)
George Galloway (Respect)
Paul Golding (Britain First)
Lee Harris (Cannabis Is Safer Than Alcohol)
Ankit Love (One Love Party)
Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party)
Prince Zylinski (Independent)

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