Ken Livingstone was joined senior female Labour politicians including Labour’s Deputy leader Harriet Harman and Deputy Mayor of London Nicky Gavron for the launch of ‘London: a city for women‘ – Labour’s manifesto for women in the capital.
The manifesto includes a call for stronger equality laws and a vow to “keep delivering new subsidized childcare places.”
Other policies include “making buses, trains, stations and bus-stops safer for women, with better lighting, more staff and more police” and “requiring businesses that contract with the GLA to show that they are employing and paying women equally”.
Mr Livingstone said his eight year term had seen him use “the full extent of my powers to deliver changes that women say their lives need: making transport fit women’s lives, delivering better, affordable childcare, tackling pay inequality, policies that have seen a fall in the number of women killed by domestic violence. Much more needs to be done but it would be thrown into reverse by Boris Johnson who has no record of supporting women’s equality.”
Nicky Gavron said Livingstone’s policies “address the issues women and women’s organizations have said they need” and accused Tory candidate Boris Johnson of making “public statements which are more at home in a lad’s mag than at City Hall.”