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Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith: ‘I can deliver, look at my record’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 February 2016

Zac Goldsmith at the Archant offices in Barking

Zac Goldsmith at the Archant offices in Barking

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Tory London Mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith said he would look again at plans for accident hotspot Gallows Corner in a wide ranging interview with the Recorder.

Zac Goldsmith at the Recorder's offices in Barking Zac Goldsmith at the Recorder's offices in Barking

The MP for Richmond Park, in south west London, said he would deliver “50,000 homes” to the capital, and that he wanted to “grow the transport network to enable us to solve the housing crisis”.

The 41-year-old son of billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith is the main rival to Labour’s Sadiq Khan in May’s election.

Mr Goldsmith, a keen environmentalist who grew up idolising David Attenborough, pledged to protect Havering’s greenbelt and use his power as Mayor to unlock brownfield sites for housing.

He gave a commitment to look at alternative options for notorious junction Gallows Corner than Transport for London’s plan, which was criticised by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell.

He told the Recorder: “I went there to see for myself with Keith Prince [Conservative Greater London Assembly candidate] and a number of local councillors.

“It is obvious that this is an issue that needs to be resolved.

“I have seen several alternatives and I remain committed to resolving this issue when I become Mayor.”

To read the full interview, where Mr Goldsmith talks affordable housing, gentrification and Sadiq Khan, see Friday’s Recorder.

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