As well as voting for London Assembly members on Thursday, voters will also choose the next Mayor of London.
With Conservative incumbent Boris Johnson vacating the position after eight years, twelve candidates from a variety of parties are up for the role.
This will be the third mayor to run City Hall since the position was created in 2000, with Labour’s Ken Livingstone being the first.
Voters will be given a pink ballot paper on May 5 with the option of selecting two of their preferred candidates.
Different to General Elections, the London Mayor election uses a proportional representation voting system called the supplementary vote.
This involves putting an X in column A for your first choice and an X in column B for your second. This does not reduce the chances of your first choice being successful but rather ensures all votes matter as they are counted.
The News has interviewed or profiled all the candidates for Mayor to help readers choose their favourite candidates.
Sadiq Khan – Labour
- It’s accepted Affordable Housing isn’t affordable. Will you change the definition to make it affordable?
My definition of affordable is different to the Tories’ which includes starter-homes costing up to £450,000 – how that is ‘affordable’ to most people I don’t know. My definition of affordable is one of three things – available at a social rent, available at a London Living Rent which is one third of average local earnings, or part-buy part-rent. With me as Mayor 50 per cent of the new homes built across London will have to meet this definition.
- How are you going to tackle knife crime?
I have a ten-point plan to tackle violent crime. The plan includes restoring real neighbourhood policing which has been devastated by Tory cuts, better prevention programmes, engaging with young people in schools and in the community to stop them joining gangs, a requirement for hospitals to report knife injuries, and pushing for more powers to ensure tough community payback on top of their sentencing for those caught carrying a knife.
- Will you look at removing the Elephant and Castle roundabout?
I think with a lot of big schemes it often takes a while to let them bed down, so it’s important we give it a bit of time. But, of course, if it is proven that things have got more dangerous I’ll look again. One of the things I’ll do is have an urgent review of the most dangerous junctions across the city, identifying dangerous intersections and getting on with the job of making them safer.
- Should the Bakerloo Line extension go to Camberwell?
Areas like Southwark and Lewisham have been disadvantaged by not being part of the tube network. When deciding on a final route TfL should take into account which area can most benefit, what additional housing can be developed as a result of the link, what the costs will be and what the business benefits will be, as well as the opinions of local residents. But rest assured, I’m 100 per cent behind extending the Bakerloo line into south east London.
- What can the mayor do to help reinvigorate our high streets?
It’s important we protect the character of our high streets. Rising land values in London are causing real pressure on many high streets and we are losing a lot of smaller retailers. I don’t want London’s shopping areas to all look the same, that’s why I’ll be tougher in using the Mayor’s planning powers to protect London’s smaller shops and markets which contribute to some of the city’s best shopping areas.