Mayoral Candidate Stephen Greenhalgh answers our questions

3rd in our series: Mayoral hopeful Stephen Greenhalgh tackles important London issues and we find out where his favourite watering hole is in our capital.



 1) What is your top priority for London?

I vow to make London less expensive for hard working people by cutting tube and rail fares each year by 3% saving a zone 1-3 Travelcard holder £900 over 4 years. I will build 50,000 new affordable homes for essential city workers as well as 50,000 starter homes for Londoners to own on public land.

2) What was Boris Johnson's best policy?

London is essentially a series of villages. Boris's £50 million Outer London Fund transformed many High Streets and regenerated run down areas in outer London.

3) Who is your favourite figure from London's history? 

John Wilkes. He combined a passionate defence of the freedom of speech but recognised that freedom needed to operate within the rule of law. It was Wilkes who lead the militia to quell the Gordon riots!

4) Where is your favourite spot in London?

Nothing beats Fulham Palace which also has Fulham's secret garden.

5) How will you get grassroots Conservative activists involved in your Mayoral campaign?

Our 600 councillors form a large part of our activist base and I will campaign in the wards where it is vital that we improve our support levels to win back more councils in 2018 and more parliamentary seats in five years time.

6) What was Ken Livingstone's worst policy?

I disliked Ken's use large amounts of taxpayers' money to fund pet projects of dubious merit.

7) How would you help Londoners on low incomes?  

My plan to cut tube and rail fares will help people in work and on low incomes. It is wrong that it takes some Londoners as much as 90 minutes to pay back their fare to work.

Nearly 60% of police officers, many paramedics, firefighters, teachers, doctors and nurses cannot afford to live in London. That is why I will build and prioritise new affordable homes for these people who keep the city alive.

8) Congestion Charge: for or against expansion in West London?

I remain opposed to expansion of the Congestion Charge zone in West London and Boris was right to remove the western extension. Expansion of the scheme from the central area only diminishes its positive impact.

9) Do you have a favourite London pub?

The Fox & Grapes on Wimbledon Common.

10) Tube automation: where do you stand?

Automatic Train Control systems are essential for modernizing London's Tube and I would rollout this technology as fast as is practicable. 

Stephen is currently Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime

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