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.
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.
Dismissing the challenge at the High Court today, Judge Justice Lang said the real issue in the case was a profound disagreement between the councils and Boris Johnson over housing policy:
I consider it is unarguable that the (mayor's) strategy is so misguided or flawed that it will effectively prevent the (councils) from making appropriate provision for affordable rented housing.
I accept that the strategy may be open to legitimate criticism, but it is plainly within the band on reasonableness.
Nine London councils have lost their legal challenge over the mayor's plan to relax rules for affordable rents in the capital.
Islington Council, with backing from seven other Labour councils and independent Tower Hamlets, tried to overturn an amendment to the London Plan which they believe will squeeze local families out, including those caught by the Government's benefits cap.
Currently councils in central boroughs can restrict rents on social accommodation within new developments to around 40% of the market rent. Under the Mayor's plan, the figure will be raised to 80%.
I want him to get back in Parliament. I think he's great. It's a bit like football - if you have got a great striker you want him on the pitch.
It's up to him. He can complete as Mayor, or he can stay on as Mayor and come back to the House. I want him on the team.
Following mounting speculation about Boris Johnson wanting to become prime minister David Cameron said:
It wouldn't be a great job to have if people didn't want it. There is nothing ignoble about wanting my job.
David Cameron has made a plea for Boris Johnson to return to Parliament and run in the next election. The Prime Minister said it is up to the Mayor of London whether he completes his term in City Hall, but wants him "on the team".
David Cameron was speaking in an interview with comedian James Corden, who was guest Editor of The Sun. Running in the next election is "what I think" Mr Johnson should do, Mr Cameron said.
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The Mayor's plans to build more affordable homes in London will be scrutinised today.
The London Assembly will ask a panel of experts if the Mayor will reach his target to build 55,000 affordable homes by 2015.
To reach his goal, around 9,000 new-build starts should have begun, but the committee says only a third of these were confirmed by the end of September.