The Mayoral Debate: The Promises
Mayoral Candidates Jenny Jones, Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick took part in the first debate live on LBC 97.3 ahead of the election on May 3rd. Each candidate was given a minute to tell us why they should be the next Mayor of London.Here is what they had to say... See the full list of candidates
Ken Livingstone - Labour
These are the most difficult times since the 1930s so everything the Mayor is focussed on must be about helping people get through that.It means keep council tax down, no increase in the congestion charge. But the biggest way to put money back in Londoners' pockets is the fares. We've now got the highest fares in the world. There's a surplus - the latest estimate is an £830 million surplus in TfL - I'm going to simply put that back in people's pockets by a 7% across the board fare cut. That means if you are in Zone 1 or 2 you'll be £960 better off over the next four years under me and if you're in Zone 6 you'll be £1,700 better off. We're also going to restore the education maintenance allowance which was targetted at our poorest London kids: £30 a week to help them stay on with their studies and we're also going to set up an energy cut so your price that you pay for energy can be cut by £120 a year, on average, for each Londoner.