Victorious housing campaigner Lindsey Garrett from the New Era Estate in Hackney is taking on Labour and the Conservatives for the Mayoralty of London, promising a new era for the city.
Garrett lead a tenants’ campaign last year after US investors Westbrook Partners bought the New Era estate in Hoxton and announced it would double previously affordable rents to market rates. The move prompted widespread condemnation and accusations of social cleansing. Westbrook Partners eventually backed down and sold the estate to an affordable housing provider.
Garrett’s political agenda focuses on housing rights, but in her draft manifesto she calls for a range of measures which she claims will fundamentally change who London is governed for and aims to deliver a city that nurtures its people.
Garrett calls on Londoners to give her a mandate for:
- Rent control and a mandatory London Living Wage.
- Public housing funded by a tax on private sector landlords' rental incomes.
- Devolution on a par with Scotland, votes at 16 and electoral reform for councils, abolishing 33 authorities in favour of five super-boroughs.
- Bringing the Corporation of London under the writ of Parliament.
- Approval of Heathrow expansion.
- A single, integrated NHS for London.
- An education system that gives young Londoners a head start and helps people throughout their careers.
- A city tax on hotel stays funding free and discount cultural access for all Londoners.
- World class policing and a crackdown on crimes against vulnerable people.
- Zero tolerance on police attitudes that undermine public trust
- An orbital economy to reduce commuting and mass river transport. A mission to "green" the London economy.
Read Garrett’s draft manifesto here.
She said: "This is the city I want to live in; a city that serves its people rather than bleeding them dry. With Labour opposed to both rent controls and building enough homes and the Conservative Party set to decimate housing associations, someone needs to stand up for Londoners, and it looks like that will have to be me.”
Garrett is part of new political party Something New. Earlier this week Generation Rent announced that Alex Hilton he was stepping down as director and he later announced on Twitter that he was joining Something New.