Norris launches mayoral campaign

Steve Norris has launched his Mayoral election campaign with a bold pledge that if he does not make London a safer place in the next four years, he will not stand for re-election. Promising to cut crime and make people feel safer on the capital's streets, Steve Norris launched his campaign with Conservative Party Leader, Michael Howard.

Steve Norris said he believed that the most important job for the Mayor was to "sort out crime": "Crime used to be just a problem in London's inner cities. But it now touches every one in the capital. People simply don't feel safe on London's streets. With murder and violent crime rising relentlessly, I am determined to make the changes that will actually reduce crime across London – from the inner city estates to the leafy suburbs. Labour's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has frittered away his opportunity with pointless political gestures while ignoring the one issue that affects every Londoner. I make one simple pledge: if crime is not lower and people in London do not feel safer by the end of my first four years, I will simply not re-stand for election."

Mr Norris continued: "We know that something can be done about crime. In New York, Rudy Giuliani showed how you can make a large city a safer place in which to live and work. I intend to bring many of his ideas – and his team – to London to help make that difference in London."

At the launch, Steve Norris highlighted his five key election promises:

1. Insist that the Metropolitan Police puts hundreds more of London's 30,000 police officers on the street.

2. Zero tolerance for anti-social behaviour, with a crackdown on illegal mini-cab touts, vandals and graffiti-artists.

3. Extra transport police and security guards on buses, tubes and trains, particularly in isolated suburban stations.

4. Introduce free buses for children at primary schools to provide parents with a real alternative to the "school run".

5. Scrap the congestion charge and the planned extension as well as an amnesty for all outstanding fines.


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