WEBCHAT GUIDELINES 1. One question per member plus one follow-up once you've had a response. 2. Keep your question brief 3. Don't moan if your question doesn't get answered. 4. Do be civil/polite. See full guidelines here.

Live webchat with Ken Livingstone, TODAY 11.15am to 12.15pm

(157 Posts)
FrancesMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Apr-12 10:07:52

In the run up to the London Mayoral elections in May, we're very pleased to announce that Ken Livingstone will be joining us for a live webchat on Wednesday 18th April from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. You can read more about Kens plans for London on his Mumsnet blog here.

Ken Livingstone was London's first elected mayor between 2000 and 2008. He was born in Streatham in 1945, attending Tulse Hill Comprehensive and working as a lab technician at Chester Beatty cancer research unit. Since becoming the MP for Brent East he has lived in Cricklewood.

Join us for the webchat and make your voice heard about what you want to see from the capital's next Mayor. He's keen to hear your views and answer your questions. As ever, if you can't make it, please post up your advance questions here.

Thanks, MNHQ

cm22v07 Wed 18-Apr-12 10:24:25

I earn 21k a year and I'm Jewish, am I too rich to vote for you? By your own logic the 6 figure salary you earned last year would mean that you are too rich to vote Labour, no?
Can you not see how your comments about "Jews being too rich to vote for you" tapped into ancient and dangerous anti-semitic tropes? Why would I, a life long Labour supporter vote for you when you spew comments that take Britain 60 years back?

littleducks Wed 18-Apr-12 10:39:57

This is my first time voting for mayor, now live in zone 6, I must admit that I have been a bit hmm about Ken (despite the fare promises) after the tax fuss.

I am a student on a nhs bursary, dh is working full time, so we both travel into central London, a big expense. We rent, we are not applicable for housing benefit, but really our rent is a huge cut of our income. What could be done for us? We want to live in a small house, with a bedroom each for our two children (boy/girl) and a garden for them to play in. I don't think that is an unreasonable dream but the cost is huge here. We currently rent a 2 bed flat with a patio garden, with noisy neighbours sad. There is no way we would ever get a council house or anything like that. Is there ever going to be anything done so that there is affordable, good quality housing with a little bit of security for working families London?

YouCanDoTheCube Wed 18-Apr-12 10:54:51

Hello

As an onlooker (I'm not in London) this looks like a sickening election for feminists. We have one loathsome comedy neocon who can't keep it in his pants and couldn't be less interested in women's issues (that's Boris in case you're wondering) and one candidate who consorts with advocates of FGM and wife-beating.

Anyway.

My question is: why don't you just apologise when you get things wrong? When you make remarks that reasonable people could interpret as anti-semitic or homophobic (the Tories being 'riddled with gay people') - what's your beef with just saying 'I'm really sorry, my mouth ran ahead of my brain, that's not what I meant but I do understand how it can have been misinterpreted'?

Can you not see that your refusal to do so causes you serious damage?

DilysPrice Wed 18-Apr-12 11:00:37

I'd just like to say that I was a young mother when you first became Mayor - and I remember the way the buses used to be - slow, unreliable, inaccessible, and delayed by everyone paying fares in cash.

The revolution in the London bus network transformed my life and that of many mothers more disadvantaged than I, living out of range of the Tube network, and unable to access the Tube with buggies and toddlers anyway. So essentially I'd like to say thank you - and for the Oyster card and Congestion Charge, and other changes in the fabric of London too numerous to mention.

But please, please, please, if you're going to buddy up to anyone, could you please check that they're not madly homophobic, anti-Semitic or pro-FGM first.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Apr-12 11:18:54

Ken on his way - possibly stuck on the tube smile - but we may be a few mins late starting...

SophieNeveau Wed 18-Apr-12 11:19:35

Thanks for letting us know.

Sharpkat Wed 18-Apr-12 11:20:23

Stupid question, but where do I find the webchat?

KajalO Wed 18-Apr-12 11:22:28

The number of people sleeping on the streets of the capital is rising. I’d like to know whether Ken will pledge to lead a new drive to tackle homelessness in London if elected – and how he proposes to do this.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Apr-12 11:24:45

Sharpkat

Stupid question, but where do I find the webchat?

Right here on this thread! Ken will be along any minute now [keeping everything crossed]

Sharpkat Wed 18-Apr-12 11:27:40

Thanks Justine.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Apr-12 11:30:54

BBC London Film crew here at MNHQ - no sign of Ken yet though...

From what I see as a Londoner, it's areas with a high density of population that have issues with anti-social behaviour - we're not designed to live on top of each other in cramped accommodation. All I can see around me is more and more developers building one or two bedroom flats and apartments on land that used to have maybe one or two family houses, putting pressure on services and the people around them. As far as I can see it's just developers maximising profit under the guise of solving the housing shortage in London. Is anything going to be done to curb this?

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Apr-12 11:34:33

Pleased to say Ken is in the house (buses very slow today) and will be getting going imminently.

KenLivingstone Wed 18-Apr-12 11:34:35

Hi Ken here, sorry I'm late - blame bus delays! But glad to finally be here

SophieNeveau Wed 18-Apr-12 11:34:47

Did bbc film Boris at MNHQ?

Oh and hello <forgets manners> blush

littleducks Wed 18-Apr-12 11:35:14

Tut, tut.

KiwiHol Wed 18-Apr-12 11:35:22

Hi Ken - about violence against women.

I appreciate your commitment to deal with sexual harassment in public places. Can you outline specifically how you will tackle FGM, forced marriage and 'honour-based' violence? Boris' manifesto has clear action on these issues where yours does not seem to have any plan to work on these areas.

littleducks Wed 18-Apr-12 11:35:44

Apologies x-posts.

KenLivingstone Wed 18-Apr-12 11:35:58

Crumblemum

Do you really think you're up to the job? We need a good Mayor who can make the city work (not indulge it) but also focus on things like childcare costs and gang/ street crime.
I think all the issues associated with you (tax, anti-semitism, cronyism) show you're a bit distracted from what needs to be done most urgently.

Do you think it was a bit self-indulgent deciding to run for a third time?

I have a young family growing up in this city and it is because of my desire to ensure the future of this city for them that I am motivated to stand for election.

I couldn’t agree more about the need for a good Mayor, focusing on the issues that matter to Londoners, and I’m proud that policies such as childcare are at the heart of my manifesto offering to Londoners.

I believe this election should be about exactly those issues and who London will be better off with. But it is precisely because Boris Johnson and the Tories want to ensure the election is about anything but this, that they have persistently tried to talk about other issues, such as those smears on me you mention. They know if the election is fought on the grounds of who will ease the cost of living for Londoners, they will lose.

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Apr-12 11:37:07

SophieNeveau

Did bbc film Boris at MNHQ?

No they didn't.

KenLivingstone Wed 18-Apr-12 11:37:25

littleducks

This is my first time voting for mayor, now live in zone 6, I must admit that I have been a bit hmm about Ken (despite the fare promises) after the tax fuss.

I am a student on a nhs bursary, dh is working full time, so we both travel into central London, a big expense. We rent, we are not applicable for housing benefit, but really our rent is a huge cut of our income. What could be done for us? We want to live in a small house, with a bedroom each for our two children (boy/girl) and a garden for them to play in. I don't think that is an unreasonable dream but the cost is huge here. We currently rent a 2 bed flat with a patio garden, with noisy neighbours sad. There is no way we would ever get a council house or anything like that. Is there ever going to be anything done so that there is affordable, good quality housing with a little bit of security for working families London?

Hi littleducks, we're going to set up a Mayr's lettings agency to cut the cost of private sector renting and start building good council homes for rents that people can afford. We used to build 50,000 homes for rent each year in London. In the last 6 months only 56 have been started.

jonnybristol Wed 18-Apr-12 11:37:48

What are you going to do about COUNCIL TAX? Boris has said he will cut it by 10 % over ten years.

bobthebuddha Wed 18-Apr-12 11:38:15

Do you think operating via a limited company rather than PAYE if you're the 'brand' and the only source of income generation for your company is consistent with a socialist stance? Doesn't PAYE provide more tax revenue for schools, hospitals and welfare?

jonnybristol Wed 18-Apr-12 11:38:20

* i meant four years

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now