London Mayor “must focus on job creation” poll finding

07:30 27 April 2012

The London Assembly meet in City Hall

The London Assembly meet in City Hall

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Job creation should be the top priority of the winner of next week’s election for London Mayor, according to a poll of professionals in the capital city.

Around 35% of those questioned identified employment as the most important factor, with 19% opting for both transport links and support for entrepreneurs, 14% chose crime and security and 12% infrastructure.

Responding to the results, serving mayor and Conservative candidate Boris Johnson said he was calling on the Government to provide more central funding for investment in London, which he said would boost prosperity around the country.

Mr Johnson told the Huffington Post UK news website: “I’m making the argument to the Treasury that a pound spent in Croydon is far more of value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde. You will generate jobs in Strathclyde far more effectively if you invest in parts of London.

“There’s amazing opportunity to take London forward but I don’t want to go back to the tired-out policies of the past. We want to keep going with our apprenticeships scheme, to expand it and recruit more businesses into that scheme. They will get great value for money from their apprentices.”

London candidate Ken Livingstone said: “Two-thirds of all the jobs lost in London are in construction. I’m going to start a house-building programme, accessing pension funds, aimed at building at least 35,000 homes a year, hopefully 50,000 a year in a decade.”

And Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick said: “We know from recent experience that it’s small and medium-sized businesses that are creating jobs in London, the major companies have exported jobs outside of London.

“So that is where the Mayor has got to place the greatest emphasis.”

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