London Election Digest: Zac And Sadiq's Tax Bills

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 27 months ago
London Election Digest: Zac And Sadiq's Tax Bills
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The London election is just over two months away, and the campaigns are starting to hot up. Here's our round-up of who's being doing what.

They said what?

Zac Goldsmith's claim that it's "Labour propaganda" that councils are turfing people out of council homes got him heckled at an Age UK hustings (as Tony Blair found out, don't try and bluff your way past wise old heads). Goldsmith also wants to start building homes by adding two storeys to existing public buildings. He's also been releasing his tax bills.

Sadiq Khan also released his tax information, showing he earned a damn sight less than Goldsmith — at £647,406 since 2005, that's just shy of £59k a year. The next coffee run's still on him, though.

Caroline Pidgeon has called for a ban on HGVs and construction vehicles in central London at peak times to improve road safety. Dave Hill at the Guardian ran his eye over that one.

Sian Berry vowed to set an annual living rent for students. We looked into wince-making accommodation costs in London last year; if elected, Berry would pressure academic institutions to provide at least half their accommodation at or below this living rent, which the Greens calculate at £110 per week. Read more about this policy on her website (PDF).

Peter Whittle is very happy about Crossrail being named after the Queen.

EU and me

Thanks, David Cameron, for timing the EU referendum vote for the month after London's. Now we're going to get less talk about our specific issues and more about what candidates think about Brexit. For the record: Sadiq Khan, Caroline Pidgeon, Sian Berry and Sophie Walker from the Women's Equality Party are for IN, Zac Goldsmith, Peter Whittle and George Galloway are for OUT.

London Assembly

It's not just the mayor we're electing on 5 May, it's the Assembly, too. This week, City Hall hosted a reception to say goodbye to Darren Johnson and Jenny Jones, the Greens who have been on the Assembly since its inception in 2000. Sian Berry and Islington councillor Caroline Russell hope to replace them. Londonist is happy to report the wine at the party was very nice.

Odds

Ladbrokes currently rates the candidates' chances thus:

  • Sadiq Khan 2/5
  • Zac Goldsmith 15/8
  • Caroline Pidgeon, Sian Berry and Peter Whittle 100/1

Elsewhere

George Galloway also exists.

Last Updated 28 February 2016