Jowell in London mayor bid
FORMER cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has formally launched her bid to be chosen as Labour candidate for London mayor – with a promise to build thousands of affordable homes.
Ms Jowell ( above) said that on her first day at City Hall she would create a new Homes for Londoners body, led by a homes commissioner, with a remit to use public subsidies and unused public sector land to build homes.
Some 2,000 affordable homes could be built annually for the next 20 years on unused land totalling nine square miles owned by Transport for London alone, she said.
Pitching herself as the “One London” candidate, Ms Jowell said Labour must reach out beyond its core support to win the race to succeed Boris Johnson next year.
She added: “Labour hasn’t won a major election since 2005. I’m tired of losing and if we lose again in 2016 we will help no-one.”