London Liberal Democrats have confirmed Luisa Porritt as their Candidate for Mayor of London in the 2021 election.
In her first comments as the candidate, Luisa Porritt described London as at a “crucial moment” and said she would bring “big ideas and urgent action” to secure its future. Her ideas include putting “homes in the heart of the city” and reshaping London so that its “600 neighbourhoods” lead the recovery.
Bromley Liberal Democrat Dave Marshall welcomed the news - "Luisa will bring a fresh voice to London at a time when we most need imaginative, bold and big ideas."
Luisa Porritt, who was born and raised in London, is Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Camden Council and was previously Deputy Leader of the party’s MEPs. Luisa said: "I love London - it’s where I grew up and it has given me so much. But huge challenges, such as the affordability crisis and the impact of Covid-19, mean this is a crucial moment for London.
“The pandemic will change our city forever. We need big ideas and urgent action to rise to the challenge.
“I will show what a liberal London can be like - where the 600 neighbourhoods that make up our capital lead the way.
“From putting homes in the heart of the city to reinventing our high streets for the future, we can renew every area in London to become thriving, green, and affordable places to live and work.
“As a lifelong Londoner, I know our capital is resilient. With the right leadership, creativity and vision, we can reinvent our city for the better. If we bring London together, anything is possible.”
Ed Davey, Lib Dem Leader, said:
“I’m delighted Luisa Porritt has been selected as our candidate for Mayor of London. The capital faces a pivotal moment as it seeks to plan its recovery from COVID-19 and Luisa has the energy and ideas we need to reshape London for the better.
“Having beat the Tories in Camden and winning London-wide in the European elections last year, Luisa knows how to defy the odds and win. As a fellow Londoner, I can’t wait to get out there and support her to defy the odds again.”