With just a hundred days until the Olympic Games, three of London’s Mayoral candidates have called for the sporting event to benefit Londoners and businesses in the capital.
Although most contracts and plans for the Olympics have now been finalised,
Green Party candidate Jenny Jones says whoever wins May’s election will still have time “to promote a more equal, healthy and open Games.”
Jones says it is important the new Mayor takes action to “improve accessibility and transport strategy, improve safety for visitors and make the games more open to young Londoners in particular.”
Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick says he would use interest in the Games to “establish a London Games so athletes can compete, borough against borough, and keep the Olympic spirit alive for years to come.”
Mr Paddick also says he would “make sure that the legacy the Olympics leaves is one of local jobs and training, real affordable homes and community use of the venues.”
Earlier this week Labour’s Ken Livingstone said he was “deeply concerned that the interests of Olympic bureaucracy has overtaken commonsense and Londoners are losing out.
Mr Livingstone criticised the “unnecessary clampdown on thousands of ordinary London businesses who merely want to cash in their Olympic Games” and promised he would work to deliver “an Olympics where the interests of Londoners come before the bureaucrats and fat cats.”
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) Boris Johnson (Conservative) and Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat). A full list of candidates can be found here.