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‘No room for graduates as rents soar’, the Financial Times reported in 2013. If London’s rents were a problem then, it’s safe to say they’re in a crisis now. Compounded with the problem of transport costs, which are the highest in Europe, ordinary London residents are under a huge financial burden. But with loans to cover university costs, rent costs and transport fares ever on the rise, and incomes staying static, London’s students are being driven into huge amounts of debt. They’re being disadvantaged by London’s system before they’ve even begun to work in it.
The London Mayor determines these costs - not only today, but in the future too.
London’s residents are electing a new Mayor on 5 May, and if you have the ability to vote in the election, we believe you should.
To help LSE students make an informed decision, we’ve summarised the major candidates’ policies on housing and transport.
Zac grew up in London, near Richmond Park, the son of a businessman and financier. He was educated at Eton College and the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies.
From 1998 to 2007, he was the editor of The Ecologist magazine, after his uncle and the magazine’s owner, Edward Goldsmith, gifted it to him. Goldsmith was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Quality of Life Policy Group in 2005, co-authoring its report published in 2007. He began representing Richmond Park as its Member of Parliament (MP) in 2010 after the General Election.
If elected Mayor, Zac plans to:
Zac’s campaign website:
The power of good ideas
Sian was born and raised in Cheltenham, and attended Pate’s Grammar School where her father worked as a teacher. She attended Trinity College, Oxford and moved to London in 1997.
Sian spearheaded the Green Party’s Energy Works Campaign, calling for low carbon, non-nuclear energy to tackle climate change. She led a campaign against the renewal of Britain’s nuclear weapon, the Trident submarine. She was the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Hampstead and Highgate constituency in 2005, coming in fourth, after which she was elected the Green Party’s Female Principal Speaker from 2006 to 2007. She was the Green candidate for the 2008 London mayoral election, also coming in fourth, and was elected to the Highgate ward of Camden London Borough Council in 2014.
If elected Mayor, Sian plans to:
Sian’s campaign website:
A Mayor for all Londoners
Sadiq was born in London and has lived here all his life, with his wife and two daughters. His parents moved to London from Pakistan in the 1960s and he grew up in a council house.
Before being elected MP for Tooting in 2005 he was a human rights lawyer focusing on discrimination cases. In 2008 he was appointed the Minister for Community Cohesion, working with people of all faiths to promote greater understanding and cohesion. As Minister of Transport he became the first Muslim and first Asian to attend Cabinet. He was re-elected to Parliament in 2015.
If elected Mayor, Sadiq will:
Sadiq’s campaign website:
Caroline grew up in Hampshire and was the first person in the family to go to university, studying in Aberystwyth. After graduating she moved to south London where she started working as a solicitor.
Caroline was elected as a councillor for Southwark Council in 1998 until 2010, where she also served as Deputy Leader of the Council. She was also elected to the London Assembly, where in 2008 she served as Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee from 2009-2010 (previously having been Vice-Chair). She has launched campaigns for a One-Hour Bus Ticket, Early-bird fares and for a part-time travelcard.
If elected Mayor Caroline will:
Caroline’s campaign website:
Working hard for Londoners
Peter was born in Peckham and moved to Shooters Hill in South London where he grew up; he went to a local grammar school and attended the University of Kent.
He had a 15-year career in the media - as a TV producer and director of factual programmes for both UK and USA networks, and subsequently in print journalism. Nearly ten years ago, Peter founded a think tank based in Westminster, the New Culture Forum, of which he is still director. He has been UKIP’s Culture spokesperson for the past two years. He has also been candidates for UKIP at the European Elections and local elections in 2014 and in the General Election in 2015.
If elected Mayor, Peter will:
Peter’s campaign website:
There are 12 candidates running in the 2016 Mayoral election. They are:
If you’re registered to vote in London, you can vote in the London Mayoral Election. You should receive a polling card in the post before 5 May.
For more information and to find out if you’re registered, head to the London Elects website.
Voting opens on 5 May at 7am and closes at 10pm. You can only vote at the polling station closest to your residential address, which will be on your polling card. To look up your local polling station, head to the London Elects website..
Cover image from the Huffington Post
Exceptional (aka extenuating) circumstances, a process that most universities have, allows students to inform their institution that something has impacted upon their performance. At LSE it’s slightly different.
LSE has a Fit To Sit policy. This essentially means that by attempting an assessment - even by simply entering the exam room - you are declaring yourself fit to take it. Should you later realise this was not the case, submitting an exceptional circumstances form or appeal may be not be successful.
It’s normal for stress levels to increase in exam mode. While there’s a range of support available from LSESU, LSE and De-Stress Fest, it’s important to identify if your studies are being significantly affected by stress so that you’re not being assessed unfairly.
If, for whatever reason, you feel you’re not ‘fit to sit’, there are some options available to you. These are:
1. Postponing your exams until next year - also known as deferring.
2. Ensuring that you have individual exam adjustments in place.
For more information on your options:
For advice on your specific circumstances:
There are public holidays in the UK on both Monday 1st May and Monday 30th May. The LSE building access info is as follows:
For undergraduate students
Study areas and computer facilities will be available at the following locations and at the following times on production of an LSE ID card:
For staff and postgraduate students
Staff & Postgraduates can gain entry to School Buildings between 08:00 – 21:00 on production/use of an LSE ID card.
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