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London mayoral election: Candidates enter final week of campaigning

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London's mayoral candidates have renewed their bid for votes in the final few days of campaigning.

Labour's Sadiq Khan gave a speech focused on housing, saying he had a "positive plan for tackling the housing crisis".

Conservative Zac Goldsmith vowed to set up a £1m fund for fighting violence against women and girls.

Voters go to the polls on 5 May in the capital to choose a new mayor and London Assembly Members.

UKIP candidate Peter Whittle attended the unveiling of a new poster criticising "open door" immigration.

The Lib Dems' Caroline Pidgeon highlighted her proposal for half-price fares on journeys before 07:30.

Meanwhile, the Green candidate Sian Berry drew attention to endorsements by campaigners for clean air, cycling and affordable housing.

Find out more about who is standing in the London elections.

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Image caption UKIP's Peter Whittle highlighted immigration, Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon was talking about fares and Sian Berry drew attention to air pollution

Speaking in Bermondsey in central London, Mr Khan warned that if his Conservative opponent wins the election there will be "no change" on housing in London.

He said the Housing and Planning Bill currently before Parliament "is a disaster for affordable housing in London, and Zac Goldsmith has defended it at every step of the way".

Mr Goldsmith pledged £1m of funding for local community groups helping to tackle violence against women and girls, which he said would come from the "town centres and communities fund" outlined in his manifesto.

He also repeated his promise that he will be a champion for commuters and that Mr Khan's plan for a fare freeze would be "dangerous" for TfL.

He has been criticised over an article he wrote for the Mail on Sunday which was printed below a picture of the bus which was bombed in the 7/7 attacks. He later said the image was "inappropriate" and he had not been consulted on its use.

Separately, a Labour candidate for the London Assembly, Murad Qureshi, was forced to apologise for retweeting a comment from a journalist which stated "you can get away with deeply offending anyone in this country as long as they're not Jewish".

He said: "The views it contained were wrong and do not reflect my own."

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