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Jenny Jones: Green Machine

Jenny Jones says her hopes of working with Boris Johnson were quickly dashed, and that increased Green Party representation in London is essential

Why are you standing?

I believe that there is a better way for London, and I want to see our city run in a way that makes it a more equal, healthy and affordable place for everyone to live.

How have you enjoyed the campaign?

I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing Londoners. Hearing their concerns and talking to them about life in London has been enlightening, and has just furthered my conviction that we need to make changes to how London is run.

What are your three priorities?

There are many important issues that the Green Party are campaigning on for this election. We need to rebalance London’s economy, including wealth inequality and housing issues. We also need to increase trust in the police force, and ensure that police are well equipped to do their job. We can also make London a healthier, greener city, with better public transport, pleasant and safe for cycling and walking, with cleaner air and more green spaces.

What can be done to end an era of celebrity candidates?

If future election campaigns concentrate on the big issues that actually affect Londoners in their day-to-day lives, then those candidates without good policies will be exposed.

What do you most admire about the records of Boris and Ken – and what do you regret most?

When Boris was first elected as Mayor, I was hopeful that we would be able to work together. Unfortunately his performance has been very unimpressive. Boris can be funny and charming at first, however he does not deliver on his promises, and resorts to spinning the facts and figures to suit his arguments. Ken is also far from a perfect candidate, however he is a better candidate than Boris. We know from his last time as mayor that we can work with him to make positive changes, in a way that would be impossible with either Boris Johnson, or many other senior Labour politicians. Ken has agreed help tackle the pay gap in London, tackle the issue of air pollution, and support boroughs that want to introduce a 20mph speed limit, issues that Boris has failed on in his time as Mayor.

What difference has the presence of the first Green MP made?

The election of Caroline Lucas has been brilliant for the Green Party, as it demonstrated the broad appeal that the Green Party can achieve. Since being elected, Caroline has demonstrated that the Greens honour our promises, which should give London voters confidence that I will follow through on the promises in our manifesto if I’m elected. Caroline has also demonstrated the impact that Green politicians can have, even when outnumbered, by being named Westminster’s most influential MP in her first year in the Commons.

If you weren’t to win, where will you next turn your political attention?

Well the most satisfying result of the election would be if I was elected mayor, however the top priority is to increase the representation of the Green Party in the London Assembly. We already have two members, Darren Johnson and myself, and we have been able to campaign for less pollution, better cycling facilities, and smarter housing arrangements. If we were able to elect a third or even a fourth member to the London Assembly, it would greatly increase the impact that the Green Party would have in London.

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