London mayor election: UKIP 'offers London fresh ideas'
- 12 April 2012
- From the section London
London's UK Independence Party (UKIP) mayoral candidate has unveiled his manifesto, saying he offers "a fresh choice, with fresh ideas".
Lawrence Webb said: "Everyone is fed up with the same tired old faces. I think we need someone new."
Londoners are due to go to the polls on Thursday, 3 May.
Labour's Ken Livingstone has pledged to cut Tube fares by 7%, while Conservative Boris Johnson plans to cut Tube delays by 30% by 2015.
Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick has pledged to create a one-hour bus ticket.
Mr Webb's manifesto includes the following key promises:
- Stripping boroughs of the money they make from parking by bringing the charges under City Hall control
- Scrapping the congestion charge camera
- Offering 20 minutes' free parking across London
- Creating more jobs for London "by saying no to open-door immigration".
- A salary freeze for all departmental heads in City Hall.
Mr Webb said: "The motorist is the single largest commuter group. But the motorist is being fleeced by greedy councils - and simply being used as a cash cow.
"By taking it under one roof there would be immediate economies-of-scale savings."
A spokesman for Mr Livingstone responded to the manifesto launch, saying: "Ken has an effective and serious plan which will ease the squeeze on the majority and put money back into the London economy."
Mr Johnson has said: "Through working hard to cut waste in the Greater London Authority, freeing up £3.5bn for services and securing a better deal for London from Number 10, we will directly create 200,000 jobs for Londoners."