17 January 2011

Ken Livingstone launches programme of Tell Ken events to consult Londoners

Taken from the Ken Livingstone campaign website http://www.kenlivingstone.com/

Ken Livingstone has announced an ambitious programme of meetings and events designed to reach every community in the capital in 2011.
Over the coming months Ken will spend a full day in every London borough starting with the outer-London borough of Merton on Monday 17th January.

Londoners will be invited to ‘Tell Ken’ their views and concerns at a series of public meetings and events. Ken Livingstone made his commitment to the 32-borough visit programme when he was selected as Labour’s candidate for the Mayoralty.

Ken and his team will meet residents, businesses and community groups in workplaces, schools and on high streets across the capital.

During the visit to Merton on Monday 17th January, Ken Livingstone will call for greater support for the victims of crime in London including the creation of the first ever Victims Commissioner for London.

Ken Livingstone, his running mate Val Shawcross AM, local MP Siobhain McDonagh and Leader of Merton Cllr Stephen Alambritis will meet staff and volunteers at a Victim Support centre in Mitcham.

Ken Livingstone said:
“When I was selected as Labour’s candidate for Mayor I promised to listen to the views and concerns of Londoners. Over the coming months I will fulfil that promise with public meetings and events in every London borough speaking directly to thousands of Londoners.

“Crime is an issue that affects Londoners in every part of the capital. I believe it is time for a new approach in which the needs of the victims of crime are put at the top of the agenda at City Hall.”

Leader of Merton Council, Cllr Stephen Alambritis said:
“I am delighted that Ken and Val have chosen Merton to launch this unprecedented programme of meetings with thousands of Londoners.

“I know many Merton residents are concerned by the cuts to policing in London and huge increases in bus, tube and train fares which have been brought in by the Conservative Mayor and Conservative-led government. It’s time for an alternative and fresh ideas in City Hall and Whitehall.”

MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhan McDonagh said:
“Thanks to Labour there are 20 dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Police teams in Merton. Boris Johnson’s policing cuts are threatening the future of these local teams which have increased the visibility of the police on the streets and provided reassurance for residents.

“I am pleased Ken has put providing greater support for the victims of crime and protecting safer neighbourhood teams at the heart of Labour’s campaign to win back City Hall.”

Labour’s Deputy Mayoral candidate, Val Shawcross AM said:
“It’s time for City Hall to act in interests of Londoners and make the needs of the victims of crime a priority.

“Hundreds of thousands of Londoners are the victims of crime every year. It is vital that Conservative cuts do not threaten the future of organisations which provide invaluable support to the victims of crime in London.”