Labour MP and potential Mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell has said the capital needs a serious Mayor to confront the “threats” to its status as “a great city”.
Last week Jowell topped an Evening Standard poll as the public’s preferred Labour candidate in 2016.
Speaking to Iain Dale on LBC radio, the former Cabinet minister admitted current Mayor Boris Johnson makes her laugh but said the capital needed him to focus on the big issues during his final two years at City Hall.
She also said that over the next five years London needed to confront threats posed by the high cost of living, a shortage of housing and high levels of unemployed youths.
“I worry a lot that about the fact 25% of young people, 18-25, in London are out of work.”
Labour is expected to select a candidate after next year’s General Election through a primary in which both party members and non-members will be able to vote.
Ladbrokes is currently offering odds of 9/2 on Jowell succeeding Johnson at City Hall.