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London Elections 2008


MORE CANDIDATES

28 April 2008

SHANE COLLINS - GREEN PARTY

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
More youth centres and more youth workers to increase the engagement with our youngsters. I would make good, clean heroin available to registered addicts on the NHS, taking the power out of dealers and gangs who use guns and knives to protect their business.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
We are very much in support of the tram and getting it to come all the way down to Clapham. We would drop the Thames Gateway road-bridge proposal completely and use the £800 milllion on encouraging sensible cycling with designated lanes and routes.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
Generally we are against large-scale regeneration in terms of knocking things down and starting again, due to the huge CO2 emissions. We would rather implement refurbishment and revamps.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
Drugs and street crime are one in the same thing.
We need to nip it in the bud from the source - stop the gangs and the dealers.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
Being as green as we can be will balance the assembly to get some green concerns passed through the mayoral budget.


JASMIJN DE BOO - ANIMALS COUNT

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
My main issues are animal issues. One side effect of gun crime is that companion animals often get hurt directly and indirectly.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
We will support any progressive action to improve transport. The tram will be a good move as it means people will rely less on cars and more on public transport to get across the borough and London.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
We don't have any views on the regeneration. What we want is more green space in London. Too much is being built upwards, but what is needed is more space for wildlife to move around in and for our recreation.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
I think a lot of people with companion animals are not able to pay all the vetinary bills because the owner doesn't have the money. We want to set something up similar to the NHS, to be funded by the government, to treat animals that have every chance of surviving. The RSPCA provide basic animal care and treatment and that should be built upon.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
We must focus on healthy food provision in schools, prisons, hospitals and community centres. We should focus on vegetarian options and a blanket ban on meat from intensely farmed animals.


DANIEL LAMBERT - THE SOCIALIST PARTY

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
Condemnation of gun crime is all very well but you have to go to the route of the problem, which is that young people are alienated. To change that is we need to change the nature of society we live in.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
We are a single issue party and try to put information out to convince people of the merits of socialism. London is a business venture, and is a centre for processing information, with this workers have to be got here there and everywhere, in and around Southwark and London.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
No I am not. We are so busy taking care of business we just don't take care of ourselves, get rid of the profit system and we will have more time to take care of ourselves.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
Capitalism, because without this we have the human species have the potential at our fingertips to create a really good human life.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
Well I am not going to get voted in. We want to put our proposition to have a society where there is no money or trade, and no market. The thing we have to get across is all the time that capitalism is about working people getting screwed.


GEOFFREY MACHARIA - CHRISTIAN PEOPLE’S ALLIANCE

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
I am going to look for initiatives for parents of children susceptible to crime, to try to guide their children away from it - they have a responsibility. Also, those young and persistent offenders should be given stronger punishments to prevent them going back to crime or drugs.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
The tram and transport needs to be looked at, definitely. The current mayor and his team has not looked at it properly or given correct funding. We need to look at the Congestion Charge to see if that is working effectively and if not - to remove it - not expand it.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
I was part of the local strategic partnership in Lambeth that looks at this issue and I realise the areas that are in need of regeneration. In Southwark, I am not very much aware of the individual areas but I am looking forward to working with the teams in Southwark to find out more.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
Across the whole of London the rise of youth violence. That is major thing I would task the London Assembly to tackle. The other issue is to alleviate the problems for pensioners.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
Integrity and honesty. When I make a promise, I give my everything to make sure it is done - as a Minister and a preacher - that is how I tell people to live.


JANUS POLENCUES - ENGLISH DEMOCRATS

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
Schools have to more focussed. A lot of teenagers are carrying guns and knives. The key is being more disciplined in our schools and knowing how to bring up our young people.
We need to target the people that are supplying the guns and drugs in the first place, that tend to be the start of it all.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
The tram is a good idea. We used to have them a long time ago and I would support bringing them back as a bit of English heritage. They would be an attraction to tourists, as would the old Routemaster.
They should both be brought back.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
I know there are projects ongoing but not really any in depth. It is important.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
It is mostly street crime. There needs to be more policing, particularly late at night, to ensure that old people can walk around the streets safely.
A lot of people relate street crime as a particular ethnic issue. People tend to think that it is a black issue, but it is about how we bring our kids up. People see a regular black person and immediately see them as a criminal and that must be tackled.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
I would like to stop queue jumpers getting higher on the waiting list for housing, education and employment. Nobody likes a queue jumper and there needs to be a fairer system that will benefit everyone.
The longer you wait, the more priority you should get.


JENS WINTON - UKIP

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
If elected I would do the best that I could with the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). I would work with the media to do tours of areas which are deprived or run down and see how clubs are working, and if they match up to the intentions of central government and the assembly has in terms of putting youths into safe places.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
I tried to ask the main three mayoral candidates which of their policies would not be answerable to Brussels. They didn't allow the question but the reality is that the treaties we have signed mean that there are ten areas that we in London have no control of and one of those areas is transport.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
Again it comes to what the EU says on the ten areas that they control. A lot of the regeneration programmes that go on in Southwark and all over come from EU money. I am not going to deny there is a benefit, but the problem I have is the priorities.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
For me it is awareness that people understand what they get when they cast a vote for anybody. People need to realise that in only 25 per cent of areas in this election will the candidates have any control.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
Again I want to bring awareness and give people the range of information to make their minds up about how things in the public domain affect their lives. I want to use the office to say this project is funded from here and here, and guide people and make them understand how things work and what is going on in Brussels.


KATT YOUNG - LEFT LIST

What can you do to alleviate the rise of gun and gang crime amongst the youth in Southwark?
It is a really big and a really serious problem. It seems that south London is the pinnacle of gun and gang crime and it stems from the isolation of the younger generation. I would make sure there are more youth workshops: educational, recreational and vocational courses to engage young people with the community they live in.

How hard will you be fighting for the Cross River Tram and what more can be done to improve connections within the borough?
The question mark is still out for me over the tram. We should be working to improve what we have got. We should go back to the old methods of conductors on buses and inspectors on trains and get those running effectively, rather than throwing money at new companies bringing new methods and using us as guinea pigs.

Are you aware of any regeneration schemes in the area? How effectively will they solve the issues in that area?
Regeneration should be left to the community themselves and based on their needs. It should be built around the community. On estates like the Aylesbury, the money should be spent on improving the tenants’ halls and communal facilities.

What is the big Southwark issue at this time?
Getting through to the young people. Providing a safe, secure and worthwhile environment for our children to grow and develop.

What one thing can you promise to bring to Southwark if you are voted in on May 1?
Educational recreational and vocational training resources. Entertainment for parents to bring their kids along to and to educate the community about racial cohesion and explain the systems of afro-Caribbean and African cultures.


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