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Conservative Justine Greening unveils London priorities

Millenium Eye and Parliament
Historically the national result has reflected the London outcome

The Conservatives have unveiled their priorities for London - calling for an end to accident and emergency closures and aid for first time home buyers.

The Tories also said they would help the 39% of children born in poverty in London and promised new school places.

Justine Greening, shadow minister for London, said Labour had "taken Londoners for granted".

Labour criticised the lack of a Tory official London manifesto. The Liberal Democrats promised 600 more police.

London is a key battleground for the parties. It has an even mix of voters from all demographics and in previous elections the nationwide result has tended to reflect the picture in the English capital.

The Conservative wish-list for the city promised schools would be offered funding per pupil.

The party said that would enable the most popular schools to take on more students so youngsters were more likely to get their first choice establishment.

On housing, the party warned that only one-in-ten young families could afford to buy a first home in the city.

The Tories offer little more than broken promises on housing and bus fares. Londoners deserve better
Tessa Jowell, Labour

To help, a Conservative spokesman said they would scrap stamp duty on homes worth less than £250,000 to help people onto the housing ladder.

And they promised not to close any A&E wards - something they accuse Labour of planning.

Shadow minister for London, Justine Greening, said: "We need a future Conservative government that's not just in touch with Londoners' issues but is going to start tackling them.

"This document shows that we have taken Londoners' priorities and made them our own. Too many people in our city have either been left behind by Labour or been ignored and we've a chance to change that for the better by voting Conservative."

She added: "We know Labour has taken Londoners for granted - Conservatives won't - we'll work hard to make sure we deliver."

But Minister for London Tessa Jowell said: ''The Tories are the only major political party in London not to release a manifesto for London.

"Today they have offered nothing more than a press release."

Tax promise

She continued: "With only one week of the campaign left to go the Tories offer little more than broken promises on housing and bus fares. Londoners deserve better."

Labour also accused the Conservatives of failing to guarantee the Crossrail project to link east and west London by train.

Commenting on the Tory priorities, Liberal Democrat London spokesman Tom Brake said: "We've already seen the Tories break promises in London.

"Boris Johnson was elected promising to cut crime in the capital but all he's cutting is police numbers.

"The Tories in London are no different from the rest of the country - they make lots of promises without any detail of how they'll pay for them."



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