WHO GETS YOUR VOTE?
PUBLISHED: 11:38 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 12 August 2010
On May 1, London residents have the chance to vote in a London Assembly member to represent their constituencies. Members act as a watchdog for London and among other things, hold the London Mayor to account
On May 1, London residents have the chance to vote in a London Assembly member to represent their constituencies. Members act as a watchdog for London and among other things, hold the London Mayor to account.
BEXLEY AND BROMLEY CANDIDATES
Crime: We will get more police on the beat, at local stations and on buses by cutting paperwork and bureaucracy. Stop the rise in youth antisocial behaviour by confiscating the free bus passes from the minority of under 18s who abuse the privilege and teach responsibility by letting them earn them back through community service.
Transport: We will protect and expand the Freedom Pass. I will ensure that the Congestion Charge doesn’t come to either Bexley or Bromley. As well as better local bus services, I will push for Crossrail to go via Bexley to Ebbsfleet and the DLR to come to Bromley.
The environment: I will protect Greenfield land, stop garden grabs, ensure affordable housing is well designed and include family homes. I will look at ways to help small business, create more local jobs and reduce the needs to commute. Support Bexley and Bromley’s excellent records of recycling
London’s governance: We need proper financial accountability at City Hall to cut waste and prevent financial mismanagement. I will fight for a better deal for local tax payers, give power back to locally elected councils and get value for money from the Olympics. Continue to oppose NHS service cuts.
The Left List's Dave Davis is proud to be the oldest candidate running in the GLA elections. He has a wealth of campaigning experience and has fought for numerous social issues like protecting council housing and fighting against racism. Dave served in the Navy during WWII and is proud to attend Remembrance Day services each year, and at the same time he is an active peace campaigner against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a resident of Bexley and Bromley and someone who himself lives under the local housing authority Dave Davis passionately supports the Left List's call for an emergency program of council house building. And of course when it comes to protecting the rights of pensioners, Dave is on the front line in calling for increased pensions and is uncompromising on the issue of keeping the NHS public and stopping hospital closures.
Dave is urging local people to vote Lindsey German for London Mayor because he wants a Mayor who is in touch with the working people of London and is proud of Lindsey's commitment to only take a London living wage if elected, rather than the £130,000 that the Mayor is currently paid.
The most important issue for Ann Garrett, who has lived in Bromley since 1969, is climate change.
She said: "Everything we do, should aim at reducing its impact.
"There are many issues locally in Bromley and Bexley which will have a great effect on people's lives, and I just want to make sure decisions taken at the level of the GL A will genuinely reflect a Climate sustainable, healthy future for everyone who lives in the area."
Ms Garrett, who supports groups such as Friends of the Earth, CND and Amnesty International, opposes any housing on the Crystal Palace site and resists the expansion of Biggin Hill Airport.
She also is keeping an eye on developments of the Bromley Town Centre plans and is in favour of preserving the Green Belt.
She added: "Climate science tells us it is as important to have green spaces and natural wooded areas, we want to preserve the Green Belt for the benefit of all Londoners."
In Bexley, Ms Garrett and the Greens will be keeping a close eye on the Thames Gateway Bridge and Belvedere incinerator proposals and any plan for further development on Southmere Green.
She said: "There are better mechanisms to put into place other than burning waste - we need to concentrate on a less-wasteful society and getting our recycling strategies right."
Independents to Save Queen Mary's Hospital
1. Prevent the reduction in and closing of hospital services.
- Refer any closures to the Health Secretary; mount a legal challenge against a flawed consultation process.
- Use planning laws to prevent attempts to sell off hospital sites.
- Stop the ongoing systematic deconstruction of the NHS.
2. Rebuild first-rate services for local people, including the local health provision.
- Keep our four hospitals as major admitting hospitals, striving for excellence whilst removing the meaningless targets for treating patients.
- Free doctors from the stupefying shackles of bureaucracy.
- Make NHS dentists available for all.
3. Build a more democratic, accountable and representative government.
- Continue to live in the constituency; make this a requirement of all
- Act on the local concerns of the electorate and not in putting the policies of national parties before all else.
- Implement a democratic and accountable Olympics' financing.
- Stop any attempts to extend the congestion charge to Bexley and Bromley.
4. Reduce the excessive burden of national and local taxation in all its forms.
- Freeze the GLA precept for four years.
- Freeze the allowances and expenses of GLA members.
-Peg GLA executive pay increases to that of local authority employees generally.
Mick is a Eur. Ing. Chartered Mechanical Engineer with an HSE part 1 diver's certificate. Starting as an apprentice on the Harrier jump jet he then worked on advanced hydraulics and pneumatics on a supersonic Harrier. This led to pneumatic well head and oilfield control systems and an underwater engineering career that took him all over the world. He's currently working on renewable tidal energy systems. He is married with one son and two grandchildren.
His interest in politics began with the bizarre rules and regulations that began to be imposed 'from out of the blue' on work sites. Though disguised as from our government to his amazement they all stemmed from Brussels.
The deeper I dug into this the more it became clear that our democratic processes were being bypassed or surrendered. London is now de facto a Region of Europe and the Mayor a Gauleiter of the Council of the Regions in Brussels. The Mayor's allegiance is to Brussels, not our parliament.
I fully support the UKIP mayoral candidate Gerard Batten.
If elected I will work to reclaim the democratic rights of Londoners that have been quietly handed over the Brussels and also keep Londoners fully informed.
Christian Peoples Alliance
and Christian Party
Miranda was born and raised in Sidcup and Chislehurst. Her concern for the community and the serious practical problems it is facing has led her to work with the homeless in the West End and volunteer as a street pastor in Bromley. She also believes in tackling some of the causes of these problems and in 2000 co-founded MediaMarch, a peaceful protest group seeking stronger obscenity laws and restoration of basic decency to all media. Her campaigning is based on research linking violent entertainment and pornography with violent and sexual crime, and inspired by her Christian faith. She is particularly concerned about people who become addicted to harmful media material, especially children.
She said: "CPA's policies have the most chance of combating two problems I especially care about - teen crime and homelessness.
"Teen crime can only be reduced if families are strengthened, so CPA will ensure that London's budget will be used to support family-friendly policies, e.g. every resident couple marrying in London will get a grant of £1,000 towards the costs of setting-up home.
"I know that in addition we must not forget the influence of the media: it needs much stronger regulation so that our young people are not constantly conditioned by violent films, video games and lyrics; pornography must be outlawed so that it cannot undermine marriage and the dignity of women and encourage sex crime. All schools should teach Christian values."
As a local councillor, I have a record of action fighting for a better deal for local people.
I have led the campaign to save local services from Labour's cuts. In March I was joined by Brian Paddick and Lib Dems from all across London in a march to save Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup. I have campaigned to stop the closure of local post offices, collecting 500 signatures in one morning in Beckenham, and proposing a motion to Bromley council (which was unanimously accepted) to save our local post offices.
Neither the Tory nor the Labour candidates live in Bexley or Bromley. Labour came fourth in the last election in 2004: their candidate is a councillor in Bow. The current Tory assembly member stood for parliament just two years after his election. Policing is our top priority: Liberal Democrats have opposed the closure of police stations in Penge and at Beckenham. We also support better transport, more social housing and a cleaner environment.
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