Opinion: Here’s hoping we have Essex man in City Hall
PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 July 2018
As an MP representing a “Greater London” constituency for 17 years, last week I decided to throw my hat in the ring to become the next Conservative Mayor of London.
I am the only Conservative MP to have taken up this challenge! I simply could not stand by any longer and watch Sadiq Khan continue to fail our great capital city.
The current mayor’s obsession with political correctness and micromanagement distracts from any real reform of policing and transport in London, and his antagonism towards our greatest ally – the United States – endangers Britain’s ability to agree a free trade agreement across the Atlantic.
If elected London Mayor, I will prioritise making our streets safer for everyone, by campaigning to increase policing budgets, even if it means disagreeing with my own government.
I want our police to be crime fighters, not social workers. We should enhance stop and search strategies and introduce mandatory sentencing for the carrying of offensive weapons.
I will also fight to grant more policing powers to local councils, because I trust that years of local experience make them best qualified to choose where to channel funds.
Ever since the 1960s, parts of Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Middlesex have been administered as part of what was then named “Greater London”. I believe this artificial construct has now had its day and that it never truly reflected the priorities of areas like Havering.
Of course Havering is part of a region of the country that evolves around the capital of the UK, but we are not in central London and areas like Havering have different needs and priorities that are not important to the current mayor.
I passionately support projects which will make life in and around London more convenient for all residents, such as Crossrail, which will connect the outer transport zones with the city centre, allowing all our residents a smoother commute across London.
So here’s hoping come 2020 we have an Essex man in City Hall to make London a safer and better city for all!