By Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council
On Friday, London Labour launched the Party’s London Manifesto.
Our Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has already taken ambitious steps to make our city a fairer place for all in the face of brutal Tory austerity. He is undertaking the boldest action of any major city in the world to tackle toxic air pollution – including the introduction of the world- leading Ultra Low Emission Zone this year – and is laying the foundations to fix London’s housing crisis, including starting more council homes last year than in any year since 1985, and more social rented homes than in any year since City Hall took on its housing powers.
It’s exciting to see Labour’s plans for London with a Labour Mayor in City Hall and a Labour PM in number 10. Imagine what we could deliver for London and Ealing with £13 billion new investment from the Green Transformation Fund and a pledge for 35,000 new council and social homes a year by the end of the parliament.
We’re already the most ambitious council house building council in London, with a commitment to deliver 2,500 genuinely affordable homes by 2022. On top of the promise of delivering 35,000 new council and social homes a year, the bold pledges in the London manifesto will help us to tackle the wild west of private renting in London by capping rents, ending “no fault” evictions, and delivering a consumer rights revolution in the private rental sector.
In our 2018 manifesto, we committed to using estate ballots to put the power into the hands of local people. Ealing was the first London borough to ballot estate residents, and we won the overwhelming support of residents on our High Lane estate in Hanwell to move forward with plans to renew the estate. I’m delighted to see that the London Labour manifesto pledges that a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government in Westminster would make sure that major regeneration only goes ahead with residents’ consent and a guarantee for every resident of an equivalent home on the same terms on the new site.
As with the national manifesto, there are too many big plans in Labour’s London manifesto to mention here. You can have a read of the full document online.
This election is our chance to consign Tory austerity to the history books – only Labour is offering the real change that our country desperately needs, from Ealing to Edinburgh. Vote Labour on 12th December, and with a Labour government in Westminster we can get to work tackling the inequalities and crises in public services and housing left behind by almost a decade of Tory prime ministers.