MAYORAL ELECTION: What do the British National Party and Britain First want for Southwark?

News Desk (04 May, 2016)

The News speaks to David Furness of the BNP and profiles Britain First's leader Paul Golding

9229David Furness and Paul Golding

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 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.

 

David Furness –  the British National Party (BNP)

 

On housing:

We want to build high-quality housing on brown field sites. There’s a lot of horded land and some sort of land tax should be used to make sure brown field sites get built on.

We’re not advising building on green belt land, and we do want to see more use of solar panels on new builds.

 

On knife crime:

We want five-year minimum prison sentences and a zero-tolerance approach to knife crime. It seems that now they cut back on stop-and-search that knife crime has increased.

We also want to reduce crime by improving street lighting. It helps people feel safer and reduces accidents.

 

On the Elephant roundabout:

It’s very congested and confusing. I took a wrong turning and ended up in a congestion zone by mistake and got walloped with a fine. They are trying to please everyone with it but it’s gone too far, but the root problem is congestion and overuse, and that is down to immigration, which is the key theme of our London policy: to stop immigration now.

 

On extending the Bakerloo Line:

If there is an obvious gap for it then it should be filled. They could pay for it by cutting waste and vanity projects elsewhere. For they should scrap the Garden Bridge which is expected to cost £170m to build and another £2-3m to maintain every year.

 

On rejuvenating high streets:

People are avoiding high streets because of high car-parking charges. We need a scheme where perhaps you can park for free for the first 30 minutes.

 

Paul Golding – Britain First

 

On housing:

Make all state benefits, housing and assistance available only to British citizens; house London’s 3,000 homeless veterans.

 

On crime:

Implement a radical reversal of the legal and policing focus on the “rights” of criminals and its replacement with the traditional focus on putting the victims of crime first. Greater use of National Service for habitual offenders; the restoration of Capital Punishment for paedophiles, terrorists and murderers. Make prisons a place of hard labour rather than cosy holiday camps;

Introduce the use of “chain gangs” to provide labour for national public works. Free the police from politically-correct restrictions and unnecessary bureaucracy. Implement new laws guaranteeing citizens the right to protect their own homes.

Information obtained from BritainFirst.org and the party’s campaigning material, as Paul was unavailable for interview.

 

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