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New Era Estate Campaigner Lindsey Garrett To Run For Mayor Of London

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http://www.24dash.com/news/central_government/2015-05-13-Exclusive-New-party-to-run-housing-focused-candidate-for-Mayor-of-London

New Era estate housing campaigner Lindsey Garrett is standing as the 'Something New' candidate in next year’s Mayor of London elections, promising rent controls and a tax on private sector landlords' rental incomes,writes Brian Church.

"This is the city I want to live in, a city that serves its people rather than bleeding them dry,” Garrett (pictured right) said. “With Labour opposed to both rent controls and building enough homes and the Conservative Party set to decimate housing associations, someone needs to stand up for Londoners, and it looks like that will have to be me".

William Hill bookmakers quoted odds of 100-1 of Garrett winning.

Outgoing Generation Rent director Alex Hilton is Garrett’s campaign manager in the fight to replace Boris Johnson after eight years.

The New Era estate in the Hoxton area of Hackney was at the centre of a media storm when its American owners, Westbrook Holdings, announced plans to hugely increase tenants' rents, effectively forcing almost 93 families to move. Some residents had lived at the 1930s-built estate for 70 years.

After a long media campaign, which included celebrity support from Russell Brand who displayed a banner 'Social housing not social cleansing', it was announced in December that the New Era estate would be taken over by affordable housing provider Dolphin Square Foundation (DSF) which is committed to existing rents and tenancies until at least 2016.

Garrett, chair of the New Era residents’ association, told The Guardian at the time: “We will continue to make sure the residents get the best deal we can. Anyone who comes into this estate and takes it on will do so with trepidation.”

In next year’s campaign, Garrett also wants a mandatory London Living Wage, devolution for London on a par with Scotland, votes at 16 and abolishing the 33 authorities in favour of five super-boroughs.

Other policies include: Approval of Heathrow expansion; a single, integrated NHS for London; an education system that gives young Londoners a head start and helps people throughout their careers; a city tax on hotel stays funding free and discount cultural access for all Londoners; an orbital economy to reduce commuting, and mass river transport; a mission to "green" the London economy.

Hilton told 24dash.com on Wednesday that the mayoral campaign aims to save the housing sector which is currently “on its knees” and waiting for the government to “pull the trigger”. It also intends to stop a chastened Labour Party from veering right nationally while trying to stay left in London.

A strong Labour field for mayor already includes MPs Sadiq Khan, David Lammy and Diane Abbott, as well as current frontrunner Dame Tessa Jowell who played a central role in the London 2012 Olympics. Transport specialist Christian Wolmar is also pursuing the party nomination.

Zac Goldsmith, the environmentalist and Tory MP for Richmond Park, is reportedly being urged to stand after increasing his general election vote by 8.5%. Goldsmith has previously said he is not running this time.

Something New told supporters that it is “standing candidates for election, to change the system from the inside, on an open manifesto that you can contribute to. It will be a long and hard fight, but everything worthwhile always is”.

Hilton officially leaves Generation Rent on Friday with Betsy Dillner already announced as the group's new acting director..

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This is the city I want to live in

So does half the world, apparently. But I'm guessing border control isn't in your vocabulary.

It doesn't seem to be in the Tories vocabulary either, in fact they seem to want increased immigration judging from the past 5 years (and Boris loves all those foreign investors buying up London property).

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It doesn't seem to be in the Tories vocabulary either, in fact they seem to want increased immigration judging from the past 5 years (and Boris loves all those foreign investors buying up London property).

Yup. London will continue to suck in people until the banks ability to steal via interest and inflation is curtailed.

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