The head of one of London’s most influential business groups has called on Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith to “stop talking about peripheral matters and personalities” and start focussing on Londoners’ needs.
In recent weeks the race to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor has descended into a row about each of the frontrunners’ background, wealth and associates.
But with just over a fortnight until Londoners go to the polls Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says it’s time for both men to start “focussing on what really matters.”
Earlier this year the organisation published a list of priorities, including tackling London’s housing shortage, boosting airport capacity and reviewing public transport fares, which it says the new mayor must address to safeguard London’s success.
Today Mr Stanbridge said: “With just two weeks to go until the election of a new Mayor on May 5 now really is the time to be focussing on what really matters.
“It’s time to stop talking about peripheral matters and personalities and look at what can be done for London.
“Already candidates have taken on board some of our recommendations including establishing a Small Developers Panel and introducing a London Visa and the Chamber wants to encourage more of the same.”
Londoners will elect a new Mayor and the 25 members of the London Assembly on May 5th. Candidates for Mayor include Conservative Zac Goldsmith, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon, the Green party’s Sian Berry and UKIP’s Peter Whittle.