Interviews

City Hall Election: Pearce Branigan

Ahead of the London City Hall elections on 2nd May, the Echo takes a look at the candidates running to represent Waltham Forest on the London Assembly. Next up: Conservative Party candidate Pearce Branigan

Pearce Branigan, Credit: Hackney Conservative Party

His pitch: “London is the greatest city in the world. It was the place I was born and the place I call home. Wherever you may have been born, if you are choosing to build a life and contribute to the bettering of London, then you are a Londoner in my eyes.

Under Labour, it has become increasingly tough to get by. I want Londoners to thrive, not just survive. It is the greatest privilege to have been selected to represent Islington, Hackney and Waltham Forest. I pledge to champion those residents whose voices have been ignored for far too long.”


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Read a breakdown of his policy proposals below:

Police/Crime:

  • I will support the Metropolitan Police to tackle knife crime, sexual harassment and assault.
  • Knife crime has become a generational blight in London, with the boroughs of Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest experiencing these crimes at an unprecedented scale. I welcomed the government’s ban on the sale and ownership of zombie knives, though more local action is now required.

Housing:

  • I am committed to delivering new homes, of all tenures, that are in-keeping with existing communities.

Transport:

  • Improving TfL funding streams to lessen the financial burden on passengers and taxpayers.

Environment:

  • Dedicated to scrapping ULEZ to deliver credible decarbonisation without taxing the poorest.

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