Green Party Co-leader Sian Berry has been announced as the party’s official candidate for London Mayor ahead of the London elections in 2020.
Berry announced her candidacy at an event in Leathermarket Gardens in Bermondsey today (14 February), where she unveiled plans to create a People’s Land Bank, which would empower communities to find empty buildings and land and choose how to bring them back into use.
Berry, who is a Camden councillor and has lived in London for more than 20 years, previously ran as the Green candidate in 2008 and in 2016, when she came third and was elected to the London Assembly. She is now chair of the Assembly’s Housing Committee and a member of the Police and Crime Committee.
During her speech, Berry said that planning for the homes London needs should be put in the hands of Londoners and stated that the Greens are the “only party Londoners can trust to deliver on their promises” to tackle the housing crisis, pointing to the track record of Green councillors getting results for their constituencies.
Last year Berry fulfilled a manifesto pledge to win ballots for residents on estates facing demolition. Since 2016 she has also exposed the news that 4,000 of London’s social homes have been demolished and not replaced in recent years, with more than 7,000 set to be lost in plans approved by the Mayor.
In a speech to supporters, Berry stated: “The Green Party has a proud history of getting results for London. When we make Londoners a promise, we deliver, and have made real changes even when we are not Mayor.
“In 2016 we promised to give power to residents whose homes faced demolition, and we delivered on that promise. Now we pledge to give Londoners a say on land use in their city.
“London Greens listen to what Londoners need and we act on it. That’s why we believe everyone in London should have an affordable, secure and warm home. But across the capital empty buildings like office blocks and car parks are left unused – while Londoners struggle to pay the rent or wait for years to get social housing. That isn’t right, and we have to start planning now for how we bring these underused spaces and empty land back into use.
“A Green Mayor would give Londoners control over how our city develops to provide the homes we need with a People’s Land Bank, which would empower communities to find land and buildings currently going to waste and choose how to bring it back into use.
“The Green Party has the answers to London’s biggest problems and we’re the only party Londoners can trust to deliver on its promises.”
The rest of the Green Party’s candidates for the London Assembly elections have also been announced, with the full list as follows: