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Mayoral Candidate Pledges Half Million London Jobs

13 Apr 2016

Mayoral Candidate Pledges Half Million London Jobs

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London mayor has pledged half a million jobs in the UK capital if he is elected.

Mr Goldsmith says that 500,000 London jobs could be created by investment in businesses and infrastructure in the capital, with house-building and major transport improvements such as Crossrail 2 at the centre of the new jobs bonanza.

Mr Goldsmith says that building 50,000 new homes in London each year would create almost 200,000 jobs, with a further 286,000 jobs generated from transport infrastructure work. 20,000 more London jobs will be created by improving and expanding technology and broadband infrastructure in the city, according to Mr Goldsmith.

Speaking in Wimbledon at the launch of his manifesto campaign for mayor of London, Mr Goldsmith said: “I’m determined that all Londoners should enjoy our city’s success which is why I will freeze mayoral council tax and create jobs.”

“Under Boris [Johnson] we have recovered from Labour's recession, and my action plan for Greater London will build on that success and secure half a million more jobs for Londoners. You can only deal with transport congestion, build houses and improve London if you keep the economy strong,” added Mr Goldsmith.

Current incumbent as London mayor, Boris Johnson, who has been in the position for eight years, backed up his colleague’s campaign, saying, “London is an economic beacon for the whole country and the Mayor’s job doesn’t add up to a can of beans unless they can keep the economy strong. We need a Mayor who will invest in transport, invest in skills and stand up for business. None of the problems London faces can be solved if businesses don’t succeed and our economy doesn’t grow.”

Elections to decide who will replace Mr Johnson as the new mayor of London will take place in just over seven weeks time. Other candidates who are up against Mr Goldsmith include current frontrunner Sadiq Khan, Labour’s candidate - along with Liberal Democrat’s Caroline Pidgeon, UKIP’s Peter Whittle and Sian Berry for the Green Party.

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