David Lammy has confirmed that he will stand for the Labour nomination to be the next Mayor of London. The Tottenham MP hopes to take over from Boris Johnson following the next mayoral election in 2016.
He said he has decided to run in order to tackle issues like the shortage of housing in London:
Mr Lammy has released a report with a series of proposals on how to provide more housing. They include:
- Checking whether London's greenbelt sites provide a public benefit. If not, they could be used for building homes.
- Redefine 'affordable housing’ so the definition of ‘affordable’ is linked to average earnings in each borough.
- Introducing a programme of rent controls to protect tenants, limiting rent rises and creating a compulsory London Landlords Register.
- Launching a government-loan scheme for developers to build shared ownership properties.
The election will be held in May 2016.