Ken Livingstone looks to China to regenerate Croydon

Ken Livingstone looks to China to regenerate Croydon

Ken Livingstone looks to China to regenerate Croydon

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Ken Livingstone has vowed to bring in Chinese investment to boost Croydon’s regeneration if elected Mayor of London in 2012.

The Labour heavyweight said Croydon’s success was “vital” to London’s post-recession future, as he made his fourth campaigning visit to the borough since putting himself forward as Mayoral candidate in June.

He also shared his plans for reviving the stalled Crystal Palace Tramlink extension during the trip to East Croydon station yesterday, saying he would find the £150m necessary to get the scheme going.

He said: “Outside of the West End, the City and Canary Wharf, Croydon is the biggest centre of employment that we have really got.

“For London to realise its potential Croydon has got to get investment and I think for many years it’s been neglected.”

He also promised to get a team working on renewing the Crystal Palace tramlink extension within 48 hours if elected.

Mr Livingstone is making a renewed bid to become Mayor of London after being ousted from the role by Boris Johnson in 2008.

Former Bethnal Green MP Oona King is also in the running to be named Labour candidate in September, along with party activists Seton During and Emmanuel Okoro.

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12:32am Wed 1 Sep 10

GR-London says...

Ken Livingstone has a habit of saying one thing to get elected and then 'changes his mind' when he gets back in power.
Apart from that, he has absolutely no regard for the results of 'consultations' - he is a dictator, a tyrant and the enemy of democracy.
Stay on the radio Ken, where you cause less misery.
Ken Livingstone has a habit of saying one thing to get elected and then 'changes his mind' when he gets back in power. Apart from that, he has absolutely no regard for the results of 'consultations' - he is a dictator, a tyrant and the enemy of democracy. Stay on the radio Ken, where you cause less misery. GR-London
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11:47am Wed 1 Sep 10

mmj1 says...

We don't want Red 'Communist traitor' Ken back. When we are recovering from the recession we don't need him to increase spending by over 500% again and reopen all of his 'embassies' in Communist/Socialist countries like Cuba, Venezuela and China. Who's next Burma?
We don't want Red 'Communist traitor' Ken back. When we are recovering from the recession we don't need him to increase spending by over 500% again and reopen all of his 'embassies' in Communist/Socialist countries like Cuba, Venezuela and China. Who's next Burma? mmj1
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10:39am Thu 2 Sep 10

mashley says...

The worst thing that could happen is for Ken to get back in power, more unaffordable spending and we will probably be added to the congestion charging zone to cover it...

Boris may be a bit of a twit but he's done far less damage than Ken and i salute his efforts to reduce congestion not by charging drivers but by encouraging the public to ride a bike, a far better and healthier alternative !
The worst thing that could happen is for Ken to get back in power, more unaffordable spending and we will probably be added to the congestion charging zone to cover it... Boris may be a bit of a twit but he's done far less damage than Ken and i salute his efforts to reduce congestion not by charging drivers but by encouraging the public to ride a bike, a far better and healthier alternative ! mashley
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