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Luisa Porrit Launches London Mayoral Campaign - Our Plan to Take London Forward

March 16, 2021 12:56 PM
By Thomas Clarke

Luisa Porritt Launch

London Liberal Democrats mayoral candidate Luisa Porritt has launched her campaign, setting out her vision to Take London Forward.

Luisa, a former MEP and current Camden councillor, shared her plans for jobs, homes and clean air.

"With the right leadership, I know we can take London forward."

Luisa announced she would create a London Housing Company, with office space abandoned as . She explained: "No more desperate deals with developers or selling off public land for somebody else's benefit.

"The London Housing Company will take control of building the homes we need directly by bringing empty properties back into use, maximising use of public land, driving forward the Affordable Homes Programme, raising revenue to build sites of its own and shaping the future of London's housing market - hands on."

Luisa also criticised the "utterly shameful" response of the Metropolitan Police in their handling of the vigil for murdered Sarah Everard. She said: "The Metropolitan Police had the opportunity to do the right thing. They could have found a way for the vigil to go ahead safely, and that's what I urged Cressida Dick to do.

"But we were denied this basic right. The right to voice our collective grief, pain and anger. The right to challenge people in positions of power. The right to protest.

"London is a liberal city. So it's no wonder that defiant women stayed true to their liberal values and decided to attend the vigil anyway.

"The police response was utterly shameful. From start to finish, the Met Police got it horribly wrong and that's why the Commissioner must go."

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"But I've also worked alongside Shaun Bailey. And he certainly is not the right person to represent Londoners. Out of touch with cheap tricks and crass comments, he and the Tories do not understand the diverse, open and European London that we all love.

"I know Luisa well as a campaigner, a councillor, a former Member of the European Parliament for London. But I also know her as a Londoner, a friend and someone who represents the future of our city if we choose a future which is innovative and internationalist. A future which is green and affordable. And a future with the next generation of leadership to Take London Forward."

To find out more information go to luisa4london.co.uk