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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Has the London campaign changed your mind?

London's mayoral and assembly elections are entering their final stages after weeks of the candidates slugging it out for voter support.

While the early stages of the race appeared to be more about personalities than politics, the candidates said that when it got down to campaigning on the streets of the capital, it would all be about what they would be able to do for Londoners.

But have they had an impact on voters? Have you been impressed by the various proposals to overhaul the London Underground and what the candidates say they can do to clean up the city and cut crime?

Or, despite their protestations, has it really been one of the world's longest ever beauty contests with voters left wondering who they really should vote for?

Have the candidates changed your mind? With a new voting system in place, are the candidates and the campaign helping to create a new political landscape in London or do voters just regard it as more of the same?

Tell us your views. HAVE YOUR SAY Who actually cares about this mayoral election for London? I'm yet to meet anyone who raises the issue in conversation. As far as I can see it's a way to give half-baked politicians a new position to run for. It's boring watching these candidates tear at each other's credibility. Yes it's politics but it's just boring and in the end no matter who gets elected, it will mean a great deal of discomfort for all of us in some way or another as they clamour to institute unnecessary change.
Karl, UK

It's amazing, all the comments and snide remarks and only recently in the televised debate did the main candidates show some of their true colours. More fascinating was that a big factor was the 85000 salary they would get (kept that quiet eh!) No wonder they want to be elected. And to think there are homeless, hungry needy people in London and the world - what utter greed!
Neil, Scotland



No one has taken time to examine the issues and policies of each candidate.

Laura, UK
It would be nice if we'd been given a chance to have our minds changed. But the media coverage has been solely about personality politics - no one has taken time to examine the issues and policies of each candidate, let alone do so fairly.
I think the media has behaved irresponsibly and unobjectively and left Londoners with no chance of informed voting, so bombarded as they are by popstar politics.
Laura, UK

I thought when the original idea of a London Mayor arose the position was supposed to be independent of political parties. We've seen what a farce the political parties have made the election. That's why I have left London, will the last one to leave turn the light off.
Graham Fordham, UK

When it all started I knew who I was going to vote for. The way all of the political parties have handled their candidate selection and campaigning, now I really can't be bothered with it.
David, UK

The campaign for the London mayor has only reinforced my view that the whole scheme is a total waste of money. This is an unnecessary additional layer of government on an already over-governed and over-regulated society. We should be stripping away these overheads, just as a business reduces its overhead costs to make itself more efficient. It is a shame that the ballot paper will not include a box which says "I wish to exercise my right to vote, but none of these candidates are considered worthy of the office they seek".
David Erickson, United Kingdom

The regeneration of London is what we concerns all of us. We have a beautiful city and you only have to look at the city and docklands to see how it can be done. I like the Jubilee Line, I like all the improvements that we could implement if we elect the right person.
Kate Sanders, UK



It is clear that the election is far more about sweet-talking than doing.

Craig, England
Despite the coverage (and for those outside of London who aren't interested then you should watch just the local news) I am still not clear what the mayor will do. I don't have a clue about who picks people for the assembly.
Everyone received a little pamphlet containing an address from the different candidates but most of them concentrated their efforts on the tube. Unfortunately the government have said that privatisation of the tube is outside the mayor's hands and that it will go ahead regardless of who gets elected.
It is clear that the election is far more about sweet-talking than doing.
Craig, England

I'm surprised how little coverage there has been - including on this site. It's hard to change one's mind if the media aren't really challenging the candidates.
Michael Grazebrook, UK

Like Dan P. I just want to be left alone - I don't want another politician (or politicians as we are also faced with this mysterious Assembly - whatever that is going to be) meddling in my affairs - giving me what I need.
Mike, UK (London)

I can well understand why people who do not live in the capital become bored with the amount of coverage given to the London Mayoral Election, but the fact remains that London is the centre of government and finance, which makes what happens there important, just as the situation in the coal industry in Wales and the North was important because at one time it was our prime source of energy. If London is not efficiently run, the whole country will suffer sooner or later. Whether this is a desirable situation is something else, but at present, it is the truth.
Landie, UK

I am going to vote for whomever will do the least! I'm fed up with "big government" interfering in everything. The last thing London needs is to be subjected to the whims of some powerlust politician. Why is there never a candidate that promises to get off our backs?
Dan Peters, UK

The only thing that these elections have managed to do for me is to change my long held beliefs on the Labour party. The way Tony Blair in particular has handled the whole issue with Ken Livingstone is enough to make anyone question whether he is the sort of person we want ruling our country. Someone who can't be trusted and changes policies and rules to suit himself. And I'm a traditional Labour supporter!
Caroline, UK

Why should the political shenanigans in London concern the 38 million or so who don't live in the capital?
John, UK


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