Labour will unlock the potential of London.
A Britain in which we care for each other, in which wealth and power are shared, and in which every part of the country gets its fair share of investment and its say in shaping our future.
Years of under-investment and neglect by Tory governments have left too many parts of London stuck with underpaid jobs, low productivity and slow growth. London has been no exception. No other UK region has more households and more children living in poverty once housing costs are taken into account.
Under the Tories, too many people in London are struggling to make ends meet or finding that work is no longer a way out of poverty. Across the UK pay has stagnated while insecurity and inequality have risen. Wages are still lower than before the financial crisis, while across the country dividends paid to shareholders are up 85%.
A decade of Tory cuts has pushed public services in London to breaking point. Tory inaction on air quality and climate change means that many Londoners are suffering from toxic air while we waste precious time in taking action on the climate emergency. The Tory housing crisis has left an affordable home to rent or buy out of reach for millions of Londoners.
And Tory cuts to police and youth services have led to an appalling rise in violent crime across the country. Sadiq Khan, our Labour Mayor of London, has done so much over the last three years to address these urgent problems and is starting to deliver real change for Londoners. He is undertaking the boldest action of any major city in the world to tackle toxic air pollution – including the introduction of the world- leading Ultra Low Emission Zone this year.
He is laying the foundations to fix London’s housing crisis, including starting more council homes last year than in any year since 1985, and more social rented homes than in any year since City Hall took on its housing powers.
Sadiq has also made transport in London more affordable – with all TfL fares frozen for the fourth year running, and more than 300 million journeys taken on the unlimited Hopper bus fare. And on crime, Sadiq has supported the Met Police to tackle violent crime in the face of huge government cuts.
This includes funding the Met’s new Violent Crime Taskforce, with almost 300 officers dedicated to tackling violent crime, and creating new opportunities for young Londoners to fulfil their potential and to tackle the underlying causes of crime through the establishment of the Violence Reduction Unit and our new £45 million Young Londoners Fund.
But the Labour Mayor could do so much more with a Labour Government to help deliver real change for London. We will make sure everyone has enough to live on and eradicate in-work poverty in our first term by tackling the causes of poverty and inequality, such as low pay and high living costs, while raising the floor provided by our social safety net.
We will rebuild our public services and make them the best and most extensive in the world, paid for by creating a fairer taxation system in which those with the broadest shoulders pay a little more and everyone pays what they owe.
We will kick start a Green Industrial Revolution that will tackle the climate crisis while creating 80,000 good jobs in London. We will build on London’s already thriving low carbon goods and services sector and ensure greater economic cooperation between our capital city and the regions.
We will also bring about a radical decentralisation of power in Britain so that local people and communities are given far greater control over their own lives and prospects. That means more powers for City Hall and local councils to fix the housing crisis, reduce crime and tackle the climate emergency.
Labour is on London’s side.
Top commitments for London
- £13 billion new investment from the Green Transformation Fund
- 7 million tonnes less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere each year – equivalent to taking 3.8 million cars off the road
- Connect 3 million households and businesses to full-fibre Broadband
- 35,000 new council and social homes a year by the end of the parliament