Ken Livingstone took his campaign to become Labour’s 2012 Mayoral candidate to Tottenham today where he appeared alongside local MP David Lammy to call on Mayor of London Boris Johnson “to put jobs and employment back at the top of City Hall’s agenda.”
The call follows publication of figures suggesting unemployment is rising faster in London than in other parts of England.
After visiting a job centre with Lammy, Mr Livingstone said: ““London is being hit hardest with unemployment rising faster than the rest of England. We need a Mayor who recognises this problem and is prepared to stand up for London.”
The former Mayor sought to blame his successor’s scaling down of London’s overseas offices for some of the problem, commenting: “If I was elected Mayor I would immediately reverse Boris Johnson’s cuts to our presence abroad and work around the clock to bring in the new jobs and investment we need.”
Mr Lammy claimed that proposed Government cuts, including the axing of the Future Jobs Fund, “and complete inaction by Boris Johnson seriously threaten to create a lost generation worse than that of Thatcher’s 80’s.”
The Labour Party will announce their candidate to take on Boris Johnson in September.