London mayoral election: Sadiq Khan unveils big green pitch to the capital


adiq Khan unveiled his big pitch to the capital today, promising to support more than 170,000 green jobs.

The Labour mayor is set to launch his manifesto later this morning with a speech from the Bloomberg building in the City of London in which he will ramp up his green credentials.

It comes after the Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone helped cut toxic air pollution by more than a third.

The Labour candidate has put a green post-pandemic recovery at the heart of his election bid, with a slogan of “jobs, jobs, jobs”.

He claims that measures in his Green New Deal will help double the size of the green economy by 2030.

His campaign team have outlined a list of job areas where they say “good, high-quality jobs” for Londoners will be supported, including 17,000 roles in district energy, 4,400 in solar power and 140,000 in retrofitting.

In a live-streamed speech, Mr Khan will call on the Government to back his strategy for simultaneously tackling the climate emergency and preventing an unemployment crisis in the capital.

If re-elected on May 6, Mr Khan has promised to make helping the 300,000 Londoners who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic back in to work a “priority” for his second term.

He has already outlined plans for new skills academies to help prepare Londoners for well-paid jobs in “futureproof” sectors.

“Jobs, jobs, jobs”

/ PA


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