Lambeth and Southwark cyclists to question GLA candidates

On Tuesday 8 April 2008 we will be joining with Southwark Cyclists to hold a hustings meeting to which we have invited all the candidates standing for the Greater London Authjority in the Lambeth and Southwark constituency.

This is the third such event that we have run and will allow us to find out what our potential representatives’ views are, it will also allow us to give them an idea of cyclists’ priorities.

The Greater London Authority is responsible for holding the Mayor of London to account and also for overseeing the work of London bodies such as Transport for London which controls most of the major roads across London.

The meeting will be held at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, SE24 on Tuesday 8 April 2008, starting at 7pm. All are welcome – whether members of LCC or not.

The choice of location is not accidental! Herne Hill lies on the border of the two boroughs and as you are probably aware there has been much controversy over a scheme to improve Herne Hill junction, a decision about which was due to be made as we were going to press (see item elsewhere).

We will be sending a list of questions/ issues to the GLA candidates beforehand to give them an idea of our concerns. If you have any particular cycling or wider transport-related issues that you would like to see addresses at the meeting please contact us before Monday 7 April and we will pass it on to the candidates, there will of course be a chance to raise issues and questions from the floor during the meeting.

At the time of going to press six political parties had announced that they will be contesting the Lambeth and Southwark seat – a full list will be available once nominations have closed on 1 April.

At the last election our GLA member Valerie Shawcross (Labour) had a majority of just over 5,000 so all the candidates will be seeking to gain as many votes as possible – the combined membership of Lambeth Cyclists and Southwark Cyclists (around 2,000 people) could decide which way the seat goes.

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