I am standing for re-election based upon my proven commitment – for each pledge listed below you will see what I have already done in the area, and what further I hope to achieve with your support.
Improve Air Quality
I am proud to have been one of a group of like-minded local politicians who in 2011 encouraged the City, Westminster and Camden to work with the GLA and TfL on a non-party political basis to tackle air quality. In recognition of this work, Clean Air in London named me as a “Leading Politician” on Air Quality in 2013.
I believe that it is utterly unacceptable for people’s lives to be limited or blighted by poor air quality and was excited to play a role in securing the new Low Emission Neighbourhood for the City. There is far more to come in this area and I will continue to work tirelessly to achieve it.
Tackling Road Safety
I was pleased to be a leading member successfully campaigning for the 20mph speed limit in the City. It sends a clear message to drivers that the City prioritises safety of all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.
As Deputy Chairman of the Committee responsible for Transportation in the City, I am determined to encourage safety schemes such as the experimental “Bank on Safety” Scheme, to ensure safer lorries and that all cyclists abide by the highway code.
I have spoken in the full Council meetings on this subject and have said “the primary role of the City as a local authority is the safety of its workers, visitors and residents” – my view is that any injury to road users is unacceptable and importantly avoidable and the City Corporation should work towards a zero injury target.
Dealing with Brexit
I was on the Brexit Task Force, set up in the initial wake of the June 2016 referendum. The City continues to work hard to ensure that all voices are heard in this time of change and uncertainty – especially to make sure that decision-makers are aware of the real issues and how the City could be affected.
BREXIT means we must re-double our efforts to promote and adapt within the City, so that we remain the leading business and financial centre in the world. I have lead the City’s property and investment strategy for the last two years and with your support I will ensure that the City Corporation constantly promotes and allows change to ensure that London and the UK are best placed as we prepare to exit the EU.
The City is leading the charge on freight consolidation to avoid unnecessary road traffic making deliveries. I have played a leading role in encouraging developers and occupiers, along with delivery companies to reduce deliveries. If re-elected I will make this a personal priority as the City must keep moving.
I have been proud to have chaired the investment committee of the City Corporation, which gives over £120m per annum to public benefit. This work allows the City to contribute around £20m to charity each year and to be the third largest Arts donor in the UK.
If re-elected, I will continue to be a leading custodian of the City’s assets to apply them to public good.
If you wish to speak to me about my pledges, don’t hesitate to get in touch.