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Labour politician Tessa Jowell released a new video in her campaign to become Labour’s candidate for London Mayor. The three minute video, titled ‘One London’, features Jowell explain her background and connection to the city, as well as raising the issue of poverty in the capital….reports Asian Lite News

Tessa Jowell (File)
Tessa Jowell (File)

“I’ve worked here all my life, but the thrill and challenge of being part of this great city never goes away. It has an energy like nowhere else I have ever been. It is a place of innovation; of creativity. A world city,” she said.

“But there is another London. A second London, in which four out of ten children grow up in poverty, and in which more than half a million people get by on less than a living wage.

“For too many people the opportunities that London offers are not for them, but for someone else. And that’s why I’m fighting for One London.”

Despite being the nation’s richest region, London has some of the highest rates of child poverty in Britain. Nearly 4 in 10 of London’s children grow up in poverty. In some boroughs, that figure reaches close to 50 per cent. But, underlining the gulf in wealth and opportunity in our city, that figure is two-thirds lower in the capital’s most prosperous boroughs.

“Too many Londoners work hard but don’t receive a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work,” she added. “That has to change. Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the best of London.”

Tessa Jowell at a Labour party conference in Manchester (File)
Tessa Jowell at a Labour party conference in Manchester (File)