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Mayoral hustings on housing to go ahead without Khan

Sadiq Khan / Steve Punter

Labour candidate for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined his Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith in pulling out of tonight’s joint built environment professional London Mayoral Hustings on housing, infrastructure and growth.

The event, billed as part of RTPI London’s ‘To 2020 and beyond’ mayoral series, sees candidates debating the issues of London’s growing population on issues including housing density, design and quality.

Those present will also be quizzed on their long-term infrastructure and transport project priorities. Other mayoral contenders - Siân Berry of the Green Party, Caroline Pidgeon of the Liberal Democrats, and Peter Whittle of the UK Independence Party – will all still take part.

Both Goldsmith’s and Khan’s campaign teams say they will be sending a representative. Tino Hernandez, RTPI head of communications and public affairs, said: “We are looking forward to what promises to be a very lively debate tonight, with all the major parties sending representatives.

“The RTPI has had discussions with the offices of Sadiq and Zac this week about what we would like to see from an incoming mayor, so while it is disappointing they won't be with us in person, they are aware of the key planning issues facing London and we will continue talking to them.

“We are delighted to have someone of the stature of the Evening Standard's Rosamund Urwin chairing the debate."

The hustings take place at the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London.