Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Labour Wish List for London; LONDON VOTES 10 JUNE: LIVINGSTONE EXPECTED TO BACK POLICIES AS HE BIDS FOR SECOND TERM: Removal of Many Road Humps but More Speed Cameras: Culture Card for Cheap Tickets to Theatres: New Action against Racism and Sexism in the Met: Free Place at Nursery for Every Child under Five by 2010

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Labour Wish List for London; LONDON VOTES 10 JUNE: LIVINGSTONE EXPECTED TO BACK POLICIES AS HE BIDS FOR SECOND TERM: Removal of Many Road Humps but More Speed Cameras: Culture Card for Cheap Tickets to Theatres: New Action against Racism and Sexism in the Met: Free Place at Nursery for Every Child under Five by 2010

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL

FREE nursery places for every London child and a new wave of speed cameras are set to form the centrepiece of Ken Livingstone's bid for a second term in office.

The Evening Standard has learned Labour's manifesto for the London Assembly election will guarantee a free nursery place to every under-five by the end of the decade. Mr Livingstone is expected to endorse the move in his personal manifesto.

Labour's plan will also promise a review of the impact of the congestion charge on small businesses, along with measures to reduce air pollution across the city.

A draft copy of the Labour document, seen by the Standard, sets out a series of initiatives that will form the London Assembly's programme for the next four years if Labour wins a majority of seats.

The manifesto pledges include: 20mph zones in residential areas; replacing road humps with speed cameras; challenging the "canteen culture" of racism, sexism and homophobia in the Met; finding ways to get more over-fifties back to work; and developing a "capital culture card" to provide cheap tickets and travel to shows and events.

The manifesto will be endorsed by Labour's candidates for seats on the London Assembly, and published later this month. The pledge of free nursery places follows a campaign by Mr Livingstone - who has fathered two children while in office - to provide more affordable childcare to help mothers get back to work.

The manifesto states: "Our aspiration is to have a free preschool childcare place for every London child by the end of the decade. By working with...

schools, employers, the voluntary and independent sectors and individual child carers we believe that enough childcare places can be provided." Last year Mr Livingstone provided [pounds sterling]3.1 million to fund 39 childcare projects across London, enough for about 1,700 new "affordable" childcare places. He also commissioned an opinion poll that found half of mothers not in fulltime work - and a third in part-time work - said a lack of childcare prevented them from taking a job, while one in three women who were paying for childcare said it cost them more than [pounds sterling]100 a week. …

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