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What About Women in London?


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Speaker(s): Victoria Borwick, Jenny Jones, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick
Chair: Ceri Goddard

Recorded on 23 April 2012 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

In the run up to the London mayoral elections, the Fawcett Society has invited the leading mayoral campaigns to debate what they will do for London's four million women.

The Mayor of London is the UK’s most powerful directly elected politician, managing a budget of £14.6 billion. The way these resources are used could make a huge difference. The Mayor can affect planning, transport, policing and a number of other services in ways that have an impact on equality between women and men.

This event will allow the audience to hear from the leading campaigns and ask: What About Women?

Victoria Borwick is an assembly candidate for the Conservative Party. She is a Londonwide Assembly Member, a Kensington and Chelsea Councillor, Chairman of Borough Community Relations. In 2007 she came second to Boris Johnson in the selection process to choose the Conservative Candidate for Mayor.

Jenny Jones is the mayoral candidate for the Green Party. She currently represents the Green Party in the London Assembly, having been successful in all three elections since the assembly's creation in 2000. In March 2011, Jones was selected to be the Green Party candidate to be Mayor of London in the 2012 elections. She served as Deputy Mayor of London from May 2003 to June 2004.

Ken Livingstone is the mayoral candidate for the Labour Party. He was London’s first elected mayor from May 2000. He has held the following positions in elected Office: 2000-2008, Mayor of London, 1987-2001, Member of Parliament for Brent East, 1981-1986, Leader of the Greater London Council, GLC member for Paddington. He has also been a borough councillor in Lambeth and Camden, and served as a GLC councillor in Hackney before Paddington. He stood as a parliamentary candidate in 1979 in Hampstead.

Brian Paddick is the mayoral candidate for the Liberal Democrats. He was, until his retirement in May 2007, Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police Service and the United Kingdom's most senior openly gay police officer.

The event will include an introduction from Professor Kate Jenkins, visiting professor in the Government Department at LSE, and vice chair of the LSE Court of Governors.

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