The London mayoral candidates campaigned for the LGBT vote yesterday, at the London mayoral gay hustings hosted by Stonewall.
The candidates battling to become London’s mayor made their pitches for the gay vote on Saturday, with less than a month to go to the election.
The May 3 poll will decide who is in charge of the British capital for the London 2012 Olympics, which run from July 27 to August 12.
Polls show that the current mayor, Boris Johnson, is in a tight race with his predecessor Ken Livingstone, who served the first two four-year terms since the post was created in 2000.
Johnson, 47, is from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party, while Livingstone, 66, is standing for the opposition Labour Party.
The pair debated gay issues Saturday with Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick, formerly Britain’s top openly gay police officer, and Green candidate Jenny Jones.
The Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor Brian Paddick has said he was “bullied at school” for being gay.
He was speaking at a hustings organised by gay rights charity Stonewall. More than 500 people were present to hear from the four main mayoral candidates.
Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said London was “gay-friendly” but a lot more needed to be done.
Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson promised to bring out a gay manifesto ahead of the elections.
There are 350,000 voters from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
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Stonewall statement on London Gay Mayoral Hustings
Comment from Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill following the Stonewall London Gay Hustings:
‘It’s really impressive that all of the main mayoral candidates wanted to engage lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners – something that would have been unthinkable 15 or 20 years ago. What was particularly interesting was that many of the people in the audience were completely undecided about how they were going to vote, so clearly no-one should take London’s 350,000 gay voters for granted.’
For more info visit http://www.stonewall.org.uk/