Stratford (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone

Question

Thank you, Chair. It is good to see the Mayor's support for these measures, which will help people who drive their cars and who are passengers in them in East London. It is interesting in the Mayor's response to Jenny (Jones) that he consistently says that working class people do not have cars, when all the evidence suggests that actually very often they are more dependent on their cars than people with higher incomes. Would you consider doing some research on that and changing your viewpoint, Mayor, because it really does not reflect reality?

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Answer for Stratford (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Stratford (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

Here in London, 29% of households have no access to a car. Now, some of those are very high paid, very progressive, liberal-minded ecologists, who, no doubt on principle, refuse to have a car. I suspect, when you look at the social composition of the 29% of households who do not have a car, they will be overwhelmingly social classes D and E. Therefore, there is that dimension, quite strong here in London, much more so that the rest of the country.

Can I just say as well that the bridge concept is not a Tory policy. As I recall, it was first enunciated by Abercrombie in 1943 in the Abercrombie Plan, and he of course was a Liberal.