Mayor of Bedford visits Tower Hamlets to support Caroline Pidgeon and Elaine Bagshaw’s campaigns

Elaine Bagshaw, candidate for the City & East seat on the London Assembly, and Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London were joined in Tower Hamlets by Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford for seven years.

Dave joined Elaine, Caroline and 15 other Liberal Democrat activists as they campaigned in the borough on the key issue of building affordable and social homes in the area, including a visit to Balfron Tower.

Caroline Pidgeon’s London Liberal Democrats are calling for an Olympic sized effort to build the new homes London needs.

The Lib Dems plan includes:

  • Investing billions realised by continuing the Olympic Games precept to build 50,000 council homes to rent and 150,000 for sale or for private rent including rent-to-buy for first time buyers – with a City Hall building company and a skills academy to train construction workers

  • Cracking down on rogue landlords who rip off private tenants, by extending mandatory registration and offering long tenancies, curbing unfair letting agent fees and giving tenants extra rights when landlords sell up

  • Using the Mayor’s planning powers more effectively to encourage home building, including setting a benchmark guideline that half of housing in new developments should be affordable for the majority of Londoners

  • Working with boroughs to use the greater financial muscle they now have through their housing revenue accounts to restart their own building programmes 

Elaine Bagshaw commented:

“When 47,507 people are waiting for Council homes across City and East it’s blatantly clear the previous mayor’s plans were a total failure. We need new bold ideas and fresh ways of thinking if we are going to solve the housing crisis. Because 47,507 isn’t just a number for the Councils to ignore — it is our friends, our family and our neighbours. Everyone should have the opportunity to call somewhere home.”

Together we can build a better future.


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