The 2012 London Mayoral and GLA elections gave Jewish voters their opportunity to shape the capital’s future and the London Jewish Forum welcomes the re-election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.
Bringing together the major agencies within the Jewish community, LJF published in April the “London Jewish Manifesto“, documenting many of the challenges our community faces, along with many of the solutions the GLA and Local Authorities can take up to improve the nation’s capital.
From the crisis in adult social care funding, to the desperate lack of affordable housing for first time buyers and large families in London – the Manifesto will provide a blueprint for LJF’s work with the GLA and Local Authorities over the next two years. As local decision makers begin to utilise new powers passed to them under the localism agenda, LJF will work with politicians, officers and agencies to bring about many of the changes our community needs locally.
In the last two weeks of the campaign, LJF hosted all three of the main party candidates. Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick met community members at the London Jewish Cultural Centre for Breakfast Forums and Ken Livingstone met Jewish voters over lunch at the old Hampstead Town Hall. We delivered pledges and guarantees from candidates on issues from cultural events to public transport that we now hope to put into practice with the re-elected Mayor.