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EXCLUSIVE by Stephen Moore
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tottenham’s MP David Lammy is giving “serious thought” to throwing his hat into the ring for the Mayor of London’s job in three years’ time.
Following much speculation, Mr Lammy, who has represented Tottenham since 2000, told colleagues at a Labour Party constituency meeting last week that he was likely to put himself forward for selection as the party’s Mayoral candidate - but would fight to keep his Tottenham seat in the 2015 General Election first.
Mr Lammy said: “I was asked whether the speculation that I would be running as Mayor was correct. I confirmed to the meeting that I was seriously thinking about it.
“I thanked local party members for encouraging me to think about it and being so supportive about it.
“I very much intend to fight the next General Election. But all of the issues I consistently raise - housing, policing, transport, issues for us, here - all are issues within the purview of the Mayor. It clearly would be of benefit to Tottenham if I was to become Mayor.”
"All of the issues I consistently raise - housing, policing, transport, issues for us, here - all are issues within the purview of the Mayor. It clearly would be of benefit to Tottenham if I was to become Mayor."
Cllr Stuart McNamara, Bruce Grove councillor and chairman of the Tottenham Labour Party, said: “I would certainly give him my support.
“He has been our MP for 13 years and he is very popular and hard-working.
“He is a very well-liked MP and he has recently been endorsed as a candidate for his fifth election [in May 2015].
“I think he’s given [the London Mayoral fight] serious consideration and that’s welcome. He quite rightly believes, and said to us in the Tottenham Labour Party, that the Mayor doesn’t really understand areas like Tottenham.”
He said Tottenham’s hard-working, financially pressed residents “don’t fit the area that Boris Johnson is aware of and understands” but Mr Lammy “understands inner-city issues” such as social housing shortages and quality, policing and transport costs.
He added: “It is not about whether he would end up as a candidate, it is about getting those issues on the map.
“[Haringey Council leader] Claire Kober and David Lammy have worked very hard to get more money for Tottenham after the riots. Before that, no-one at City Hall was taking these issues seriously at all.”
Asked if he saw anyone in the local party shaping up as a likely successor to Mr Lammy, he said: “Three years is a lifetime in politics. I don’t think anyone would have even given it consideration.”