Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rivals 'Drop Points on Games and Housing'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Rivals 'Drop Points on Games and Housing'

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LUCY BRISBANE, 19, a sociology and politics student from Blackheath She felt let down by the lack of debate about vital housing issues.

"There was more about rickshaws than housing. Perhaps that was partly down to Boris's good debating skills, after all he went to Oxford. It might be because he's good at avoiding bullets. I thought Jenny Jones had the most interesting transport policies. Brian Paddick has good ideas but him saying he didn't understand the figures on transport said a lot about him as a candidate. He maybe doesn't understand enough about being a Mayor."

OUR voters' panel, a group from all walks of life, are following the campaigning as the candidates fight it out to decide who will lead London for the next four years. Here they say who impressed -- and who failed to hit the mark -- when the candidates went head-to-head at last night's debate.

TIM ALFORD, 30, an e-commerce merchandiser from Islington He agreed with Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick that more should be done to get Londoners behind the Olympics as a sporting spectacle.

"At the moment it feels a little bit like an anticlimax.

I don't think the feelgood factor has been stressed enough. I agree with Ken Livingstone that the infrastructure and investment in Stratford is important. I work in retail and it will be interesting to see how much good money comes into the area from Westfield."

YVONNE BROWN, 51, a solicitor from Barnet She believes Boris scored more points on the income tax affair that has engulfed the campaign. "It is clear that Ken Livingstone has lost ground on the tax issue. He used it as a weapon against Boris and it completely backfired on him. He's taken a hit. I think transport is going to be the key issue. I don't think you can deny that Ken has done an outstanding job in the past on buses and Underground. …

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