Under the Tory government London has become synonymous with knife crime, and many crime stats have risen year on year, yet police stations have continued to close.
Too many of London's streets are unsafe and too many of our children and elderly relatives fall prey to petty crime and sadly, far too often, much worse. London can do much better!
I will work to rebuild confidence in the Metropolitan Police as a service for Londoners, and not against them.
Our streets are not safe. To increase police numbers without reopening police stations is futile gesture politics. Police stations in London have continued to close, while crime has continued to rise. This is unacceptable.
Once elected, I shall fight hard to get police stations reopened across the 33 boroughs and, where applicable, issue compulsory purchase orders on properties already sold-off. A recent press report of a homeless mother of three being beaten to death outside a closed police station illustrates the dire straits London has fallen into.
Neville for Law and Order
I’m a firm believer in law and order and evidence-based stop and search, alongside zero tolerance for burglary and crime.
With the creation of local police community hubs, a focus on local visible policing and improved training for Police Cadets and PCSOs, the restoration of faith in the MET is possible. London needs a fresh approach to re-establishing the law and order which all Londoners demand and deserve.
No More Attacks on London's Heritage
As Londoners we should never forget that London is not just our home - it is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom. London's heritage is for the whole of the United Kingdom and it should never be within the sole control of elected representatives to dictate what parts of the UK's heritage should and should not be interfered with. The people should be consulted.
As Londoners we are free to erect memorials to those who achieve significance in our time. We should always focus on building and creating, not damaging and destroying. We have neither the right nor authority to rewrite our history to appeal to the short term trends of political correctness. The proposal to remove monuments and statues has produced much social discord and should not proceed without the consent of the people.
I believe that removing heritage and history strikes at the core of our values and creates further grievances and further unnecessary matters for the police to attend to. I will argue on this basis and push for referenda on these decisions.
The London Mentoring Service
One of my key policies for London's improvement is the establishment of the London Mentoring Service. You may recognise the saying "It takes a village to raise a child".
This is the core aim of the London Mentoring Service, to ensure that the best and most timely help is given to all families and children in need and experiencing difficulties.
Through proper leadership and coordination of the public, social and voluntary sectors, the performance of schools and police can be improved.
The London Mentoring Service will also be the vehicle to involve London's sporting clubs in reducing crime by linking mentors with young people experiencing hardships.
Helping our children early, intervening firmly and positively and supporting those who chose to volunteer in helping guide young offenders toward a constructive future is how we decrease crime and criminality by tackle the causes of crime before it gets a foothold in the lives of our young people. The rewards that come from mentoring, for the young person, for the volunteer mentor and for society as a whole cannot be measured.
I believe early intervention is critical in reducing criminality, and that mentoring and assistance can make a real difference in the future direction of the lives of those who receive it.