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DOBSON UNVEILS LABOUR'S POLICIES FOR LONDON

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Frank Dobson, Labour's spokesman for London, today launched Labour's Manifesto for London with firm pledges to sort...
Frank Dobson, Labour's spokesman for London, today launched Labour's Manifesto for London with firm pledges to sort out the capital's problems, get London back to work and make the city a safer, healthier and cleaner place. It is a radical, positive agenda for change to re-establish London as the foremost European city.

-- Following a referendum to confirm popular demand, there will be a new strategic authority for London and a mayor, each directly elected

-- Work will begin on formulating an investment and business strategy for London - in partnership with the private, public and voluntary sectors - to promote London's interests abroad and co-ordinate an economic plan for the capital

-- There will be a complete moratorium on all hospital closures in London while the future of health care in the capital is reassessed; and an end to the Tory internal market

-- A new public/private partnership to improve the Underground

-- Local authority capital receipts - from the sale of council houses and not spent - will be reinvested in building new houses and doing up old ones. New rights will be introduced for leaseholders and action taken to prevent gazumping in the housing market

-- A London-wide air pollution strategy will be formulated and Local Authorities will be provided with stronger powers to promote energy efficiency and also to curb noise nuisance

-- In addition, national policies to slash youth and long term unemployment; reduce class sizes; strengthen nursery education; speed-up punishment for young offenders and guarantee a national minimum wage will all have a significant positive effect on the life of Londoners

Mr Dobson said:

'The Tories have done next to nothing to solve London's problems. They have created an increasingly complex network of organisations, bodies and quangos, making real change fiendishly complicated to achieve and maintaining London as the only major capital city with no single representative body taking an overall strategic view in the interests of the whole city.

'What Labour proposes is radically different. A new authority and mayor for London - should the people want one; a new public/private partnership to improve the Underground; a complete moratorium on all further hospital closures in London while the future of health provision in the capital is reassessed; new affordable homes built with money from the sale of council houses; and tough measures to tackle youth crime. These are the policies that London is desperately crying out for, because London deserves better than the Tories'.

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