Malvin Brown currently lives in Havering but lived and worked in Redbridge for many years. He is a former Havering Councillor and has been a school governor in both Havering & Redbridge. He has been a Metropolitan Police officer and an Insurance Broker, and obtained a Law degree from UEL in 2000.
• It is important that Londoners go to the top of the list when it comes to jobs and housing, and that means the thorny issue of immigration must be dealt with efficiently and effectively, unlike the current shambles.
• London's Policing was exposed in the recent riots. Although the riots were prompted by opportunistic thieves and others that joined in for the fun, the Police in many cases stood by and watched it happen. They were not in control and they should have been. Many of the incidents could have been dealt with by firm action from the Police but the officers on the ground were instructed to stand back. This is what comes of trying to water down the Police. They have been bullied by Political correctness and the result is ineffective policing carried out by part time policeman (regardless of how worthy they may be) and support officers with no powers and who generally appear in threes.
• Although banks and other financial institutions are responsible for the dire economic circumstances we find ourselves in, the city of London can be a major wealth producer and job creator. We believe that it is essential we separate High street banking from investment banking so that past constrictions are not repeated. However, we stand against EU legislation designed to topple the City of London from its premier position in world finance. The principal motivation seems to be, to benefit other European centres.
• We believe that the constant attempts by developers to nibble away at the Green Belt must be firmly resisted. Development must be redirected to brownfield sites. We must build more affordable homes but avoid building the slums of tomorrow by keener attention to the aesthetics of the schemes.
• We are strongly opposed to the closure of King George's hospital. The Queens alone cannot safeguard the hospital interests of three Boroughs.
• High street regeneration must be a priority. Shops stand empty all over London blighted by circumstances generally not of their making. On top of that, all except small shops have to pay full rates on their empty premises. That is unfair. Squeezing them until the pips pop, does nothing for getting them let, except as Charity shops.
Only Independent Assembly members can exercise proper regulatory controls on the Mayor's budget, the London plan, the Transport plan, and the key economic Development plan. To expect Lib/Cons to censure Boris Johnson or Labour to rein in Ken Livingstone, is unrealistic. Only Independent Assembly members can do the job.
Remember - A vote for Conservatives, Liberal Democrats or Labour is a wasted vote.