Stephen Greenhalgh launches bid to become London Mayor, with pledge to make the capital less expensive for working Londoners on low and middle incomes through…
- Cuts to bus and tube fares
- Prioritising more new and existing housing for essential city workers
- Regeneration of London’s most deprived areas to create jobs and homes
Stephen Greenhalgh – Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime – has confirmed that he will be campaigning to secure the Conservative Party’s nomination to become the next Mayor of London.
Stephen – whose mother had been a refugee who was expelled from Czechoslovakia and whose father was the first in his family to go to university – has nearly 20 years’ experience in London Government, where he has gained a reputation for delivering better public services that cost people less.
In 2006, Stephen led the Conservatives to a two-term victory in Hammersmith & Fulham, taking majority control of the Borough for the first time since 1968. As Leader of the Council, he reduced Council Tax by over 20% in eight years, with residents’ satisfaction with Council Services increasing. Public safety is the foundation for any city’s prosperity and whilst Stephen Greenhalgh has been in his current post, victim-based crimes in London have fallen by 19% and the Met Police has managed to save £240 million so far whilst investing more in frontline policing.
Speaking today Stephen Greenhalgh said: “Increasingly, London is home to either the very rich or the poor. But what about everyone else? Many Londoners on middle incomes have to flee the city to find homes they can afford and then travel back long distances to work on crowded commuter trains. It’s not good enough.
“The majority of our police officers live outside London; London’s NHS struggles to recruit and retain nurses, doctors and paramedics; and our young professionals can’t get a foot on the property ladder.”
“The people who keep our city alive can no longer afford to live here. I am determined to change that and if elected as Mayor of London I will:
- Cut bus and tube fares
- Prioritise more new and existing housing for essential city workers
- Regenerate some of London’s most deprived areas to create jobs and homes
“I have the track record and expertise to deliver for them. For me this would be the best job in the world.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “We need the strongest possible field and I am very pleased that Stephen Greenhalgh has decided to contest the nomination after an outstanding career in London government and in his current role as Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.”
Sonia Brown MBE, Founder of National Black Women’s Network (NBWN) added: “Stephen Greenhalgh has shown a tireless commitment to the diversity and inclusion agenda. He has been an avid and dedicated supporter of the work of the National Black Women’s Network around women in business and their contribution to the success of London’s economy. He has worked tirelessly around diversity and the talent pipeline which has been demonstrated by his ongoing work to increase representation of BAME officers in the Met Police.
“Stephen’s impressive track record as an entrepreneur and public servant speaks for itself and I wholeheartedly support his candidacy. I believe he will make an excellent Mayor upon Boris’s departure.”
Former TfL Board Member Steve Norris said: “Stephen would bring energy, enthusiasm and commitment as London’s Mayor. His bid to become the Conservative party candidate in 2016 should be taken extremely seriously and I applaud his pledge to bring tube and bus fares down. This is a real issue for Londoners.”
Founder and Governor of The Fulham Boys School – Sophia Wade said: “Stephen was instrumental in helping us to open The Fulham Boys School, a new Church of England free school for boys in West London. In fact, without him, I doubt we would have been able to open. He combines a real passion for London with the practical ability to solve problems and get things done.”
Rt Hon Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea and Fulham: “I have worked closely with Stephen Greenhalgh in the Conservatives for 16 years. His record as Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council was one of the best in the UK.
He was a council tax cutter and used his business skills to deliver better public services at the lowest reasonable cost. He would be a formidable Mayor candidate, and an excellent Mayor of London, who will do us all proud.”