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banner Tuesday, 4 April, 2000, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Norris predicts Dobson humiliation

Steve Norris: Counting on second preferences
Tory candidate for mayor of London Steve Norris has officially launched his manifesto saying his Labour rival Frank Dobson faces "humiliation" at the 4 May poll.

Mr Norris, who was selected to represent the Tories after their initial candidate Lord Archer resigned last year, was outlining the policies he hopes Londoners will vote for one month before Londoners go to the polls.

Steve Norris' proposals
24 hour tube on Friday and Saturday
No Tube fare increase above inflation
Electronic phonecard style tickets
Commitment to cross city rail lines
70p fare for every bus journey
Day time ban on road works
Day time lorry ban
Daily crime figures made public
Crackdown on graffiti and litter
Of his rivals, Mr Norris criticised independent candidate Ken Livingstone for having "confused and vacuous" policies.

And of the Labour candidate, he said: "Frank Dobson is facing humiliation.

"Frank looks like he wants the ground to swallow him up."

Mr Norris was launching his manifesto at the London School of Economics but Tory aides said the location was not a calculated attempt to distance the campaign away from Conservative Central Office.

The Tory candidate said there were several dates when he would be campaigning with party leader William Hague.

He compared that to the "reluctance" of the prime minister to join Mr Dobson's campaign.

Mr Norris, whose campaign slogan is "Action Not Politics", said that was exactly what Londoners were demanding.

"If this is to be of the slightest benefit to Londoners the cornerstone of the strategy of the mayor must be action, not politics," said Mr Norris.

On his policies, Mr Norris reaffirmed that he was against public private partnership for London Underground supported by Mr Dobson and the government.

But Mr Norris, who supports privatisation of the tube, said there was room for PPP deals on some aspects of public transport, such as ticketing and communications networks.

His policies on policing are focused on "equality and respect" by both police officers and the community while demanding extra resources to stem the haemorrhage of people quitting the force.

He also wants the Treasury to renegotiate the amount of money London receives from central government in order to help maintain and boost public services.

Mr Norris said he believed he would benefit from second preference votes on 4 May.

'Damaged brand'

He said Mr Livingstone was a candidate who people would "vote for first or not vote for in a million years".

"We think the second votes will act considerably in our favour," he added.

Continuing his attack on Mr Livingstone, Mr Norris said the revelation that the Brent East MP owned a second home in Brighton would come as a surprise to many of his supporters.

"Ken's going to have to answer for himself but the brand of Ken Livingstone is damaged.

"The chap who goes 'there should be a rich bastard tax' finds he's going to be paying it himself.

"The second home damages the brand when you got the impression Ken was content to live in one place, like I do, namely London.

"I have no desire to comment, I think the public will judge for themselves."

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