Jow­ell in Lon­don mayor bid

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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.”

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