Photo: David Lammy during the Bring back our girls protest in London.
Tottenham MP David Lammy announced today he was throwing his hat in the ring to become the next London Mayor after Boris Johnson steps down in 2016.
In an exclusive chat with the evening standard, Lammy said he would be a unifying figure in british politics, unlike his predecessor Boris Johnson.
He told the paper, “The kind of mayoralty that I want is one that extends opportunity to all Londoners. At its best this is a city of opportunity, as it was for my parents. But I worry whether that prosperity is now available to everyone.”
The Harvard scholar launched a 45 page blue print outlining his plans in areas such as housing with proposals such as increasing council tax for expensive homes and a compulsory landlord’s register, which the government minister says will “help to identify rogue landlords who continue to inflict misery on thousands of tenants across London”.
If he wins, Mr Lammy will become the first ever black Mayor of London.