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Response from Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party (London Mayoral Elections Open Letter)

In April 2016, we wrote to the candidates in the London Mayoral Elections, asking them to summarise their main policies and ideas about how they will address the rising levels of poverty across London. To read the letter, click here

We have had our fourth response from Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party. You can read his response below:


Dear Ali,

Thank you for writing to Sadiq on the subject of inequality in London.

Sadiq takes the subject of inequality in London very seriously indeed. He agrees that, for all the wealth in London, too many people are still trapped in poverty, living in poor housing, suffer from ill health and are unable to access well-paid and secure employment.

So serious does Sadiq take the issue that his manifesto includes a whole chapter devoted to “A Fairer and More Equal City”. In this chapter, and throughout his manifesto, Sadiq outlines a range of policies which are designed to give Londoners the opportunities to fulfil their potential. This includes tackling the housing crisis, ensuring public transport is affordable and efficient, defending the city’s health service from cuts, improving the city’s filthy air, keeping communities safe, and equipping Londoners with the skills they need to secure well-paid jobs.

As part of Sadiq’s drive to tackle inequality, he will create a dedicated economic fairness team in the Mayor’s Office. This will lead on promoting the London Living Wage, working with business to create apprenticeships, encourage sustainability and good corporate citizenship, and root out unacceptable employment practices such as blacklisting. Sadiq will also lead on work to smash the glass ceiling, challenging under-representation of women in senior roles across the city.

Sadiq has also committed to lead by example at City Hall. He will

•       Pay all employees at the Greater London Authority and its agencies the London Living Wage as a minimum, and require that all contractors and suppliers do the same;

•       Publish an annual City Hall gender pay audit, and require that large contractors do the same;

•       Never use zero-hours contracts to exploit workers.

I hope that this provides some assurances that Sadiq will take the issue of tackling inequality in London very seriously should he win on 5 May. You can find out much more information on his policy commitments in his manifesto for all Londoners here.

Kind regards,


Communications Unit

The Labour Party

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