Four mayoral hopefuls back social enterprise charter

All four leading candidates in the London mayoral race have now signed up to Social Enterprise London's charter to promote social businesses in the capital.

Siân Berry, the Green Party candidate, was the first to sign up to the charter, which calls for an improved role for social enterprises in service delivery, a pledge to secure wider social and environmental benefits from government procurement processes and the formation of a community of social entrepreneurs to help tackle London’s public service challenges (Third Sector Online, 24 April).

But now Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick – respectively the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates – have added their endorsements to the message.

“I want to make sure London is a success and I have no doubt that increasing the number of businesses that trade with a social purpose will help this vision,” Livingstone said.

Paddick commented: “Social enterprise companies and social entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of London and deserve our support.”

Johnson offered his support to the social enterprise movement and said he was “happy to commit” to the charter.

There are ten candidates in total for the post of London Mayor.

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