Former Bethnal Green and Bow M.P. Oona King launched her campaign yesterday to become the Labour Party’s candidate for the 2012 London Mayoral election.
It is believed she will have to fend off competition from Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor who lost to Boris Johnson in 2008.
Focusing on issues affecting young people King spoke at Haverstock Business and Enterprise School in North London where she herself attended.
Ms King highlighted the problems that young people face commenting:
“Half of all Britain’s poorest children live in London. When children aren’t treated in a civilised manner, they cannot learn to be civilised themselves.”
“Damaged human beings leave a trail of victims in their wake, especially as they turn from toddler to teenager, and sometimes (even if it is in a small minority of cases) they exchange a small baby’s rattle for a large kitchen knife.”
“Given the right environment, every child is a future star. But it’s communities, as well as parents, that hold the key”
Mayoral hopefuls have until 18th June to register themselves as candidates.
By Richard Sudan