With the final shortlist of Labour candidates for the 2016 Mayoral elections announced last week, the first hustings will take place tonight hosted by Centre for London.
The six candidates to win the required five or more nominations from London’s 73 constituency parties are:
- Tessa Jowell, former MP for Dulwich East and Minister for London
- Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney
- Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow
- Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting and Shadow Minister for London
- Christian Wolmar, journalist
- David Lammy, MP for Tottenham
The current favourites are Khan and Jowell, both of whom won the most support out of all six. Tonight’s event will be chaired by Philip Collins, columnist for The Times and Associate Editor of Prospect. The Guardian’s Dave Hill has a great round-up of the candidates’ policy ideas here.
Housing and London’s growing inequality are likely to be on the agenda, but also expect to hear candidates being asked about things like the controversial Garden Bridge, airport expansion, devolution and the London Living Wage (LLW). It looks like there may be some tickets left, so if you’re at a loose end and want to hear what Labour’s Mayoral candidates plan to do for Londoners, visit here to reserve your space.
Housing is one of London’s biggest concerns, so fortunately, the next Labour hustings on Thursday 2 July is on that very subject. It’s a public event but you need to reserve tickets here.