Yesterday Labour’s Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone spent the day in Camden meeting local residents, business owners and community groups right across the Borough.
In the morning Ken met local campaigners and councillors to discuss road safety in King’s Cross following a number of accidents in the area where he called on the Tory Mayor Boris Johnson to act on the issue.
This was followed by an event at the University of London Union and SOAS meeting local university students. Later Ken attended a Youth Roundtable in Kilburn, meeting youth workers and young people from Camden. Local Kilburn Councillor Mike Katz said, “it was great for local young people to be able to have their say. It was clear that they felt ignored by the current Tory Government and Mayor being hit by rising youth unemployment, cuts to youth services and education and worried about their futures”.
Ken was later taken on a walk-about in Camden Town by Camden Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Memeber for Community Safety. He saw the area in Chalk Farm affected by the riots, before meeting local residents and business owners who are concerned about the Government’s cuts to police, which will mean Camden is set to lose over 100 officers from our streets. Ken said, “Knife crime, burglary and robbery are all rising – yet Boris Johnson is cutting 1800 police officers from the streets of London. If elected I will put Londoners first by protecting the police, reversing Boris Johnson’s cuts”.
The day finished with a ‘Tell Ken’ public meeting at Haverstock School near Chalk Farm, where Ken and Deputy Mayoral Candidate Val Shawcross met residents from across Camden.