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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Ken Livingstone unveils first manifesto pledge


Today Ken Livingstone unveiled his first manifesto pledge ahead of this spring's London Mayoral elections, giving pensioners 24 hours of free travel. Despite 80% of over 60s being retired, many need to travel before 9, so this will extend all day free travel to them, the same benefit enjoyed by under 18s in education.

This shows London leading the way as a progressive city that the rest of the UK and EU can look up to and has been welcomed by Islington's Labour Councillor Wally Burgess. Cllr Burgess said: “This is great news for Islington’s older residents – a manifesto pledge for 24 hour freedom on London’s tubes, buses and trains. With Ken as our Mayor in London, Islington is moving in the right direction. Also, more people using public transport reduces carbon emissions.”

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