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London Assembly elections: Barnet & Camden contenders for City Hall

PUBLISHED: 17:28 03 May 2012

The candidates are vying for a seat in City Hall. Picture: PA

The candidates are vying for a seat in City Hall. Picture: PA

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When Camden and Barnet residents visit the polling stations today, they will be voting not only for the new London Mayor but also the London Assembly.

Consisting of 25 members, the Assembly scrutinises the Mayor and has the power to amend the Mayor’s budget.

The Barnet & Camden London Assembly member is currently Conservative Brian Coleman.

The Ham&High spoke to the four main candidates for the seat, who will compete with UKIP candidate Michael Corby.

BRIAN COLEMAN, Conservative Party, 50, politician

Declined to comment on his policies to the Ham&High

ANDREW DISMORE, Labour Party, 57, lives in Edgware, own his own business

Transport: “We will reinstate the programme to extend step free access in Tube stations and will extend bus routes, for example, creating a new bus route from Golders Green to Hackney.

Housing: “We will build more affordable homes on brown field sites around London. We must require developers to meet targets for affordable and social rented homes.”

Crime: “The Safer Neighbourhood Teams have become more and more depleted, particularly with PCSOs. We will create new police and SNT officers.”

AUDREY POPPY, known as Poppy, Green Party, 52, lives in Woodside Park, North Finchley. First time standing in GLA election.

Transport: “We will cut fairs and reduce traffic. We would make savings by scrapping major road building schemes and vanity bus schemes – we would scrap the new route master and cut wages of senior staff.”

Housing: “There is an excess of demand for housing and an undersupply. We will build more affordable housing, and insulate homes to cut energy bills.”

Crime: “We believe in having secure communities and rebuilding trust in policing. We will put more officers on the beat by releasing them from back room work which we will instead make civilians roles.”

CHRIS RICHARDS, Liberal Democrat, 25, lives in Camden Town, is an engineering and policy adviser at the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Transport: “We will create a one hour bus ticket so you can hop on and off the bus as many times as you want. And an early bird ticket so you can have discounted tickets before 7.30am.”

Housing: “We wil build 360,000 affordable housing and tackle rogue landlords by creating a kitemark system of approved landlords.”

Crime: “We will get police officers to survey all residents and ask their priorities for crime and community safety.

“We will extend restorative justice introducing a ‘you break it you fix it’ policy so that people repair the damage they have done to their communities.”

The result of the London mayoral election and London Assembly seats are not expected to be announced until tomorrow evening.

We will have reporters at the count tomorrow providing all the latest updates.

Keep up to date with all the news, results and reaction here or at @HamandHigh

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