The campaign for London Mayor came to redbridge with a bang last Thursday. Eddie Izzard was a big hit as he campaigned for Ken Livingstone and Mandy Richards (Labour GLA candidate for Havering and Redbridge).
Ken's pledges to cut fares this year and reinstate the 1700 police officers cut by Tory Mayor Boris Johnson were were popular with Redbridge residents. Eddie arrived at Ilford station and immediately made an impact with his passionate explanation of 'Ken's Fare Deal' which would cut fares by 7% in 2012 and freeze them completely in 2013.
Eddie was also able to explain to stunned shoppers how Boris Johnson thinks the £250,000 salary for his second job is 'chicken feed'. It is clear what Londoners need is a Mayor like Ken Livingstone who will put their interests first.
Jas Athwal, Leader of the Redbridge Labour Group said,
“It was fantastic to have Eddie in the heart of Redbridge. The race for Mayor is neck and neck but Ken's 6 pledges for London are focussed on what Londoners care about which is dealing with rising cost of living, providing opportunities for young people and supporting hard working parents. Our budget proposals, which were rejected out of hand by the Tories and Lib-Dems, were focussed on similar issues and tried to offer better opportunities for young people and along with improvements to street cleaning and planning enforcement. This would all have been funded by cuts to bureaucracy and councillor allowances not by increasing council tax.
The election in May is a real opportunity for the people of Redbridge to send a message that the Tory-Lib Dem coalition are failing them locally and nationally.”
Over a four year term Ken's pledges on the Fare Deal will save average London fare-payers £1,000, participating London households will save over £600 in reduced energy bills. Downward pressure on rents will be maximised. Families with children receiving EMA can get over £1,000 a year per student. We will work to help families struggling with childcare costs.