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Sadiq Khan unveils a new campaign pledge in his bid to win re-election as Labour candidate for Mayor of London, promising a £32 million fund to help Londoners who have lost their jobs amid the pandemic to retrain. The mayoral election was due to take place in 2020 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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SADIQ KHAN: Hi, morning, everyone.

Morning.

SADIQ KHAN: I’m really concerned that over the last year, more than 300,000 Londoners have lost their jobs. And my concern, as somebody who lived through the 1980s, is we could have another period of mass unemployment where a generation is written off.

So what I’m announcing today is, should I be re-elected on May the 6th, our focus in the second term will be jobs, jobs, jobs. That means protecting the jobs we have, supporting job creation, but also helping those who have lost their jobs get back into work.

And so that means a specific 32 million pounds Good Work Fund, supporting academies in four key sectors where there is future growth, that is creative, that is digital, that is low-carbon green, and that is also health and social care. And we’ve got to avoid, in September, mass unemployment so a generation is written off. My promise, if I’m re-elected, is to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs.