London mayoral candidates attend Copper Box Arena event

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:09 29 April 2016

London mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan at the London Citizens' Mayoral Accountability Assembly

London mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan at the London Citizens' Mayoral Accountability Assembly

Chris Jepson

Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan have appeared at Stratford’s Copper Box Arena together to back new housing proposals.

The MPs pledged their commitment to tackle the capital’s housing crisis by endorsing policies put forward by members of community action group Citizens UK at the London Citizens’ Mayoral Accountability Assembly.

Both politicians stood on stage to witness speeches and negotiations by key workers in front of 6,000 civic leaders at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park venue, formerly the home of the London 2012 Olympic boxing matches.

They were also presented with flowers during the packed event last night, ahead of the London mayoral elections on May 5.

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London mayor backed the London Citizens’ recommendation to make more Greater London Authority (GLA) suppliers pay the London living wage and for community land trusts to become mainstreamed across the city.

He said: “One of the best parts of this mayoral race has been meeting the amazing faith and community groups right across our capital who are helping solve some of London’s biggest problems through their hard work, huge sense of civic responsibility and local relationships.

“That’s why my Action Plan for Greater London commits me to doing everything I can to work with local citizens groups on issues from homelessness to gang crime; violence against women to closing the skills gap and, of course, to tackling housing in London.

Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate for London mayor, offered his support by adopting the London Citizens’ Good Development Standard to support the building of more affordable homes and public transparency.

He said: “This mayoral election will be a referendum on the housing crisis.

“I was delighted to announce this evening that as mayor, I will adopt a Good Development Standard within the London Plan, which will support my aim of delivering a step change in ambition for the building of genuinely affordable homes.

“And it will ensure that Londoners get first dibs on those homes, while requiring greater transparency around the planning process so communities can be sure that developments that are going forward are delivering the maximum possible benefit in terms of affordable housing and other public gains.”

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