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London Mayoral election 2021

The London Mayoral elections are days away! There are twenty candidates running for the role of London Mayor in 2021, standing on a variety of platforms. 

London Vision has crunched the numbers and examined the candidates, judging them on a number of metrics. As a sight loss organisation, the key metric that interests us is policies, promises and positions relating to disabled Londoners. According to Transport for All, there are 1.2 million disabled Londoners. This includes the 200,000 people living in London with sight loss. 

1.2 million people is a large voting bloc, making it even more surprising that so few candidates made promises to disabled people in their manifestos. In fact, only four candidates made detailed references to plans relating to, and potentially benefiting, disabled Londoners. 

Read more on each of the candidates’ positions on disability below. Here you can download London Vision’s candidate matrix, which tracks mentions of specific words, policies, the existence of a longform manifesto and whether it is accessible.    

Sadiq Khan, Labour Party

Disability promise

  • He will launch a ‘Recovery Board’ with the aim of narrowing social, economic and health inequalities and support communities most impacted by COVID19 (pg. 21).
  • He will work with disabled people’s organisations to ensure that he is doing everything in his power to fight for equal access and equal opportunities for deaf and disabled Londoners
  • Commits to 6 more stepfree stations on the Tube by the end of the year.
  • Dial A Ride and Taxicard schemes remain a key part of his future transport plans.
  • He will work with local authorities and developers to ensure all new developments are accessible to all Londoners, regardless of any disabilities (pgs. 76-77)

Read Sadiq Khan’s full manifesto. Visit Sadiq Khan’s website.

Luisa Porritt, Liberal Democrats

Disability promise:

  • Committed to making at least another 15 stations step-free by 2024.
  • They will also ensure that stations have tactile paving installed.
  • Committed to protecting the 60+ Oyster card and removing the current limits on its use (pg. 22)

Read Luisa Porritt’s full manifesto. Visit Luisa Porritt’s website.

Shaun Bailey, Conservative Party

Disability promise:

  • Shaun Bailey will exempt Blue Badge holders from the ULEZ (pg. 25).
  • He will restore much-needed bus routes in Outer London that many disabled travellers rely upon. Shaun Bailey will restore all bus routes withdrawn under Sadiq Khan (pg. 21).
  • He will establish a London Disability Taskforce to tackle social and health inequalities faced by disabled people (pg. 41).

Read Shaun Bailey’s manifesto. Visit Shaun Bailey’s website.

 

Sian Berry, Green Party

Disability promises:

  • Create a city-wide mission to end racism and sexism, support the rights of LGBTIQA+ citizens, young and older Londoners, and break down the barriers faced by disabled Londoners (pg. 4)
  • They will appoint a disability equality policy adviser and create a new forum for London Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations to feed into policy development, particularly on housing, crime and transport (pg. 101)
  • Promises to make streets safer and accessible for children, older and disabled people to walk, wheelchair or cycle (pg. 17)
  • Investment in measures to make main roads less hostile to people walking, wheeling, cycling and scooting. Programme to upgrade pavements to be level and wide enough for social distancing. More crossing points with dropped kerbs and tactile paving (pg. 32)
  • More and better buses (pg. 36), and bus stop designs drawing upon best practice for shelter, shade and seating that is suitable for older and disabled people. New bus shelters will include visible real-time bus arrival and air pollution information.
    • This new bus stop standard will put accessibility first, with appropriate levels for boarding by foot and by wheelchair, cycle bypasses with zebra crossings to reduce conflict, all-weather protection, shelter for wheelchairs and buggies, seating and tactile paving. Live bus information will be displayed clearly for those who can’t easily use apps and online tools. (pg. 45)
  • Greens ‘Access for All’ plan, pg. 45 – a number of promises regarding toilet facilities (including installation of Changing Places toilets); access reviews of train and underground stations, bus stations and bus stops; increase in Blue Badge parking bays; investment in new bus designs to enable two wheelchair users to travel together and improve space on buses.
  • Promise to improve access to digital services for older people including access to broadband at home and via mobile devices (pg. 99)
  • “Enabling our disabled citizens” (pgs. 100-101) addresses more promises to disabled Londoners, including:
    • Recognition of the social model of disability; ensuring that all Londoner can benefit from jobs, homes, skills and other opportunities (pg. 101)
  • Creation of more opportunities for older and disabled Londoners to enter work, Greens will fund and support improved (and flexible) training and career advice for these citizens (pg. 118).

Read Sian Berry’s manifesto. Visit Sian Berry’s website.

Peter Gammons, UKIP

Disability promises:

None so far.

Visit Peter Gammons’ website.

Mandu Reid, Women’s Equality Party

Mandu Reid is campaigning on a platform of social justice, gender equality and inclusion.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Mandu Reid’s candidate page on the Women’s Equality Party website.

Kim Bayalev, Renew Party

Balayev is campaigning for a Universal Basic Income, cheaper transport costs and more support for small businesses.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Kam Bayalev’s website.

Valerie Brown, Burning Pink Party

Valerie Brown is running on a single platform, she wants to be the last Mayor of London, abolish the Mayoralty and return power to the people.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Valerie Brown’s website.

Piers Corbyn, Let London Live

Piers Corbyn is campaigning to end all restrictions relating to COVID19, reduce homelessness and defend the NHS from privatisation.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Piers Corbyn’s website.

Count Binface, Count Binface Party

Count Binface is a satirical candidate who has run in a number of election campaigns. 

Disability promise:

None so far.

Read Count Binface’s manifesto. Visit Count Binface’s website.

Laurence Fox, Reclaim Party

Laurence Fox is an actor, standing on “anti-woke” platform against “extreme political correctness”.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Read Laurence Fox’s manifesto. Visit Laurence Fox’s website.

Richard Hewison, Rejoin EU

Campaigning for the UK to re-join the Erasmus Programme and pledge more support for the performing arts sector.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Read Richard Hewison’s manifesto. Visit Richard Hewison’s website.

Vanessa Hudson, Animal Welfare Party

Hudson is campaigning to push for carbon net zero status in London by 2025, prioritise cleaning up the Thames, and the development of vertical farms.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Vanessa Hudson’s website.

Steve Kelleher, Social Democratic Party

Steve Kelleher was previously an unsuccessful Brexit Party candidate in the 2019 general election. 

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit the Social Democratic Party website.

David Kurten, Heritage Party

Elected member of the London Assembly (UKIP), campaigning for London Mayor on a socially conservative platform.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit David Kurten’s website.

Farah London, Independent

Farah London is standing with a focus on the cost of living in London and public safety.

Disability promise:

  • Freedom Pass holders’ time travel restrictions abolished (pg. 33)

Read Farah London’s manifesto. Visit Farah London’s website.

Brian Rose, London Real Party

Brian Rose is an American born podcast host, now based in London. 

Disability promise:

None so far.

Read Brian Rose’s manifesto. Visit Brian Rose’s website.

Nims Obunge, Independent

Nims Obunge is a pastor and the chief executive of knife-crime awareness organisation The Peace Alliance.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Nims Obunge’s website.

 

Max Fosh, Independent

Max Fosh is a YouTube celebrity who is trying to win more votes than Laurence Fox.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Max Fosh’s YouTube channel.

Niko Omilana, Independent

Niko Omilana is Barnet-based YouTuber, known for making prank videos. He is running on no platform.

Disability promise:

None so far.

Visit Niko Omilana’s YouTube channel.

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