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MP for Tottenham apologises over nuisance calls

The MP for Tottenham apologised tonight for bombarding Labour members with thousands of nuisance phone calls.

David Lammy sent the recorded messages during his failed attempt to become the party's candidate for London mayor.

He's been fined £5,000 but insisted he didn't realise he was doing anything wrong.

Here's our Political Correspondent, Simon Harris:


David Lammy to run for London mayor

David Lammy is the MP for Tottenham. Credit: PA

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:

People I meet around the city are facing desperate problems of overcrowding, poverty and homelessness as a result of the housing crisis. London’s lack of homes is starving Londoners of the opportunities they should enjoy in this city, and depriving London business of skilled employees who can no longer afford to live and work in the capital.

– David Lammy MP

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.

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