As the contest to become Labour’s next mayoral candidate hots up, party members are finding their inboxes filled with a wave of unrequested emails pitching the merits of each contender and soliciting the recipient’s support.
The Mayor cannot assume devolution is a simple or complete solution to all of the problems facing London’s National Rail services. Separating out London suburban services from longer-distance services is a complex process that could benefit some rail users more than others.
But as a born-and-bred Londoner, who has spent more than a decade in the engine-room of London government at both Town Hall and City Hall, I am absolutely clear that the Mayoralty is all about delivery for Londoners. It is the only job that I want in politics. And I will deliver. My track record is all about improving public services while making them less expensive for people.
Christian Wolmar is the sort of fresh face, break with the past, figure that many Labour voices are demanding in the parallel race to find a new party leader, and also happens to be an expert in one of the largest areas of mayor’s responsibility.