Below are some of the top candidates who will be the new mayor of London 2021.
By Mihlali Sidney
Sadiq Khan is the current mayor of London under the labour party, he has been at City Hall for an extra year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His achievements during his reign as mayor are the Hopper fare, cleaning up London’s air and banning derogatory advertising of women on the tube. But critics say he hasn’t done enough to tackle knife crime and was too slow to give TfL staff PPE during lockdown.
For his second term he plans to, have a fund to re-skill Londoners post-Covid, support for more than 170,000 green jobs and a review into decriminalising cannabis.
USP: A modern Muslim mayor who is as comfortable at the Pride parade as he is mingling with Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau.
Shaun Bailey is a Tory candidate and is second favourite to current mayor Sadiq Khan to win the election.
The former youth worker was brought up by his mother in a council house in Ladbroke Grove where he describes as a violent and traumatic place, he said “people carried knives, sold drugs”. Bailey has been a Conservative in the London Assembly since 2016.
His mayoral policies are; 100,000 homes for £100,000 each so that first-time buyers can get on the property ladder, while other catchy ideas include a competition to design murals around the city. He also promises to “hustle for the city” and provide extra 8,000 police officers and 4,000 youth workers to make London safer if he is elected as mayor.
USP: “I want my community to achieve things on their own and not be told what they can’t do.”
The Swaziland born leader of the first black lead political party in the United Kingdom, Womens Equality party. Mandu plans to put the safety of women and girls high on the agenda after the Sarah Everard tragedy, majority of attention is t to Mandu Reid, who has been a leading voice in the fight for women’s rights over the last month. She has demanded that politicians of all stripes to “treat violence against women and girls as a political and policing priority.”
She grew up in Swaziland and attended the first ever school in Southern Africa where black children and white children could study together. With its diversity and rich culture, she says London is the “first place that ever truly felt like home”.
USP: First black woman to lead a political party
Co-leader of the Green Party Sian Berry. The Camden councillor came third in the 2016 mayoral race with more than 150,000 first-preference votes and is seen as the leading lady in this year’s electoral race. Berry see’s climate change as an increasingly hot political topic across the capital.
The daughter of teachers who was raised in Cheltenham, Sian Berry went to a local grammar school before attending Oxford where she studied Metallurgy and the Science of Materials. Berry is fighting for tenants’ rights. Although imposing rent controls on landlords is currently beyond the power of the mayor, Berry has also vowed to lobby for “protection from soaring rents”. She also wants to introduce a £14 an hour living wage and piloting a universal basic income in the city.
USP: Leading woman in the race on the front foot of the green agenda.