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Livingstone begins London re-election bid

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Labour’s London mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone unveiled his manifesto today as he bids to be re-elected for a third consecutive term.

Mr Livingstone made new pledges for transport, housing, crime, the environment and community relation and set out his key policy commitments.

These included

  • Continue investing to transform London's transport system - continue improving bus services, modernise the Tube, build Crossrail and improve London rail services through London Overground to raise service and safety standards, while holding down fares

  • Continue the six per cent reduction in crime each year - add a further 1,000 police over the next year to London's existing record police numbers and maintain a dedicated police team in every neighbourhood

  • Safeguard the policy that 50% of new homes should be affordable homes; build a minimum 50,000 new affordable homes in the next three years

  • Introduce 24 hour operation of the Freedom Pass - giving older and disabled Londoners free travel before 9am and throughout the day

  • Extend the student travel discount to Oyster One Day Travelcards; maintain free travel for under-18s on the buses

  • Maintain good community relations - continue to reduce racist attacks, which are now down more than 50%

  • Youth centres for young people - a£78m programme to set up youth centres and improve youth services throughout London to provide safe facilities outside school hours

  • A£25 a day charge for high carbon-emitting gas guzzlers to enter the central London congestion zone and no charge for the greenest cars, with a London-wide low emission zone to keep the worst polluting lorries out of London.

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