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Wolmar for London wants to make London a more affordable, liveable and sustainable city

We love London; it's an incredible place – dynamic, diverse and full of opportunity.

However, London is at risk of becoming a city for the few rather than the many – a city that only the privileged can enjoy, a city where too many people live in cramped and miserable accommodation, a city blighted by poor air and a lack of quality public space. We think London is in danger of losing a lot of what makes it so special.

London politics also aren't working for Londoners. Instead of partisan and personality politics London needs a dedicated, ideas driven Mayor who works for Londoners and their needs.

This is why I'm running to be the next Mayor of London. I want to make London a city that everyone can live in, afford and enjoy.

The election is in 2016, and for a long time I was the only declared candidate. I announced my intention to run early because I believe the challenges that London faces require long-term thinking. The debate about how to address our housing crisis, improve our transport network and revitalise our public spaces must start now.

I cycle to all the meetings and speaking engagements for the campaign - with the occasional help of the odd bus or train - and so far have clocked up 1006 miles on my bicycle.


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    Pedestrianise Oxford Street

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    Wolmar for London unveils plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, with boosts to business and the environment. 

    ‘Pedestrianising Oxford Street could double footfall and boost local businesses. Oxford Street is an environmental disaster but let’s not make it a commercial one.

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    Primary is an opportunity, not an avenue for entryism

    The Labour party should use the primary election for the the 2016 London mayoral race as a key recruitment tool, says Christian Wolmar, one of only two declared candidates in the contest. The only way of doing this is to make the whole process free, rather than charging people to vote.

    The Labour party should use the primary election for the the 2016 London mayoral race as a key recruitment tool, says Christian Wolmar, one of only two declared candidates in the contest. The only way of doing this is to make the whole process free, rather than charging people to vote.

    The primary election, announced by Ed Miliband, could be a way of opening up the party to a broad  range of people not formerly involved. There will be three groups eligible to vote in the selection process: Labour party members and trade union  members who have signed up to the process will get a free vote but there are suggestions that the third group, ‘supporters’ who want to take part, would have to pay up to £10 to get to vote.

    This would be a great mistake and would deter all but the most committed politically-motivated people, who are likely in any case to be members already. Instead, the election process should be free or at most have a nominal charge such as 50p which would be possible through phone voting.

    Christian Wolmar said: ‘I recognise that the decision to have a primary has been controversial as Labour party and trade union activists in the party feel it has weakened their position. However, now that it has been decided to have a primary, it should be exploited as a way of bringing in new members and ideas to the party’. The costs, he added, would be recuperated if people joined the party as a result, or sent in donations which could be requested when people voted online. While allowance has to be made for people without internet access to vote by post, this will be a small minority and therefore costs are not likely to be as high as expected.

    He added: ‘This is a great opportunity for the Labour party to open itself up to a wide audience, which it desperately needs to do at a time when support for the major parties is waning. The L:abour party needs to find ways of attracting a new audience in the 21st century.’

     

     

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