'I also believe in holding decision makers to account'

People enjoy the sunshine outside City Hall in London, during England's third national lockdown to c

Elections for London mayor and the London Assembly members are due to be held on May 6 - Credit: PA Images

In three weeks’ time Londoners will have the opportunity to vote for a new London mayor and Assembly. The election, delayed due to the pandemic, could not be more important.

After over a year of living with the consequences of the coronavirus, it is clearer than ever before that our city faces huge challenges that will only be overcome with radical solutions. We need a renewed focus on creating the sustainable, green jobs of the future, on providing quality and affordable homes and on cleaning our toxic air.

These three priorities are issues that residents in Alperton and across Brent often raise with me.

Cllr Anton Georgiou, Alperton ward

Cllr Anton Georgiou says Alperton's residents are concerned about jobs, housing and environmental issues leading up to May 6 elections - Credit: Cllr Anton Georgiou

We need to see urgent action to create jobs and get businesses thriving again. To convert empty office space into homes and elect leaders willing to fight for victims of the cladding scandal. We also need to replace the arbitrary system of multiple road use charges with a single smart and fair pay as you go road pricing scheme.

As the sole Liberal Democrat at the Civic Centre I also firmly believe in holding decision makers to account. The London Assembly has a key function in scrutinising the mayor of London, something that my colleague, Caroline Pidgeon, as the Liberal Democrat at City Hall has done effectively for the past five years.

We need fresh, energetic leadership to ensure we don’t just recover, but create a fairer, greener, safer city. On May 6, I will proudly be casting my vote for Luisa Porritt and the Liberal Democrats, who have a plan to take London Forward.

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