Siobhan Benita

Siobhan Benita: Why I'm Running

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We all love London. But too many things are not working. From knife crime and homelessness to our toxic air - it can and must be better.

I want to create a safer, greener and kinder capital where people and businesses can thrive

London is a dynamic, inclusive and outward-looking city - all reasons why I love it so much. However, the past few years have shown us that we can’t take these values for granted. No matter what Boris Johnson’s Conservatives do next, I will always defend London’s liberal values, protect Londoners from the negative impacts of Brexit and keep us closely connected to our European neighbours.

Unfortunately, Labour's Sadiq Khan has not lived up to expectations and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what he has delivered. During his term in office, knife crime has spun out of control, rough sleeping has increased, air pollution has worsened, hate crime has risen, Crossrail is massively delayed and far too many Londoners are still struggling to find homes they can afford.

The Conservatives don’t have the answers to these challenges either. Their macho approach to crime is out-dated and not based on evidence of what works. They won’t give the environment the priority it so desperately needs and their reckless Brexit policy will drain the government’s resources for years to come. As a result, many moderate Conservative voters have abandoned the party, especially here in London.

I have the experience and competence to bring the best out of London. I've worked right at the heart of government, as a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office, and across a broad range of departments including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. I know how to get things done. I have represented the UK government at home and abroad and I look forward to doing the same for our wonderful city.

I have the expertise to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing Londoners - knife crime. As a former member of the cross-party parliamentary commission looking into the root causes of serious youth violence in London and the UK, I have a deep understanding of the issues and solutions that are required. Tackling knife crime will be my top priority.

London is a great city. But together we can make it better. I look forward to you joining me on this journey.