Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Zac and Sadiq in Fight to Be Greenest Mayor; Air Pollution and Cutting Waste Are Key Concerns for 70% of Voters in 'Swing' Suburbs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Zac and Sadiq in Fight to Be Greenest Mayor; Air Pollution and Cutting Waste Are Key Concerns for 70% of Voters in 'Swing' Suburbs

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Byline: Pippa Crerar City Hall Editor

GREEN issues will be a vital battleground in the mayoral race with voters in the "swing" suburbs more likely to back a candidate who focuses on the environment, research found today.

Seven in 10 Londoners in outer boroughs which have switched between Labour and the Tories said they would support a candidate who was convincing on air pollution and cutting waste. Crucially, more than 70 per cent of Tory voters across the capital, who have not historically prioritised the environment, said air pollution and climate change were now among their biggest concerns. The research, for climate campaigners Here Now, shows how the environment has soared up the agenda to become one of the principal issues, alongside housing, in the contest. It raises the stakes for Labour's Sadiq Khan and the Conservatives' Zac Goldsmith in their battle to claim the title of greenest mayoral hopeful.

Mr Goldsmith is ahead, with 24 per cent of Londoners who know his name linking him with the environment, while Green Sian Berry is on 18 per cent, Liberal Democrat Caroline Pidgeon on 13 and Mr Khan on nine. …

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