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Paddick under the spotlight at Voice Forum

ISSUES: Brian Paddick

AS LONDONERS get ready to vote on May 3 at the London Mayor elections, Liberal Democratic candidate Brian Paddick revealed his plans if elected, at The Voice’s third Editor’s Forum earlier this week.

In a discussion that raised a number of issues, including racism in the police and a lack of support for black-owned businesses, mayoral candidate Paddick said he was keen to find solutions.

“There is a serious problem with racism in the Metropolitan Police,” he said.

“Racism has fallen off the political agenda and we need to put it back… it is absolutely essential that the police do something to restore public trust and confidence.”

Paddick told Forum attendees that the only way the situation will change is if, “the next mayor of London stands up and says this is unacceptable to Londoners and we must do something about it. That is what I am determined to do.”

Speaking at the Liberal Democratic headquarters in London where the Forum took place, he declared: “We have to support small and medium-sized businesses because they are the businesses that are going to create the jobs.”

He said if necessary he would “intervene to make sure that banks are being fair in the way that they lend money (to business owners).”

Guest panellists at the event included Simon Hughes, deputy leader of the Liberal Democratic party, and Liberal Democrat councillor Dwayne Brooks.

* The full report from this month’s Forum will be published in next week’s paper.

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