In May London will vote for the next mayor, and at the moment it’s neck and neck between current mayor Boris Johnson and the Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, who was mayor from 2000 to 2008.
The Evangelical Alliance, together with the London Churches Group, is hosting a hustings event a couple of weeks before the vote to help Christians find out more and make their minds up. On 18 April at St James Piccadilly Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick will debate the issues affecting London’s Christians.
George Pitcher, former advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury and religious correspondent for the Daily Telegraph will chair the debate and there will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to put their questions to the candidates. It’s a crucial chance for Christians to show the active role they take in communities across the capital as well as challenge the candidates on what matters to them most.
The mayoral race is hotting up as opinion polls suggest Boris Johnson has a fight on his hands if he’s going to win another four years in the job. Both candidates have made promises about how they’ll improve services, with particular focus going to London’s transport system. Livingstone has pledged to cut the price of transport, while Johnson has suggested extensions to the underground and bringing rail services under Transport for London.