What Pimlico Plumbers’ Charlie Mullins plans if he becomes London Mayor including axing congestion charge
Charlie Mullins (Pimlico Plumber)
Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins has announced that he will “undoubtedly” run for Mayor of London in the next elections.
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard, the self-made millionaire said his main motivation was to help young people “build a solid future from school” onwards.
Mr Mullins, who dropped out of school at age 15 without a diploma, plans to introduce government-sponsored apprenticeships to encourage school leavers off the road and into work.
He said he will also completely abolish bike lanes and the congestion charge as more drivers use electric and low-emission vehicles.
After building a booming business as part of a plumber apprenticeship in Raynes Park, he hopes to attract more people to the capital and lead them back to success.
“We need someone to stand up for the Londoners,” said Mullins.
“I was born in London, I live in London, I work in London and I think I definitely understand the city.
“I want a system where all trainees and under 18s in London have free travel because I think that would encourage a lot of them to go to work.”
Charlie Mullins (PA)
Mr. Mullins sold Pimlico Plumbers, a company he founded in 1979, for up to £ 145 million on Monday.
He is refocusing his efforts and planning to support new artists in the music industry and is likely to run as an independent candidate in the 2024 London Mayoral elections.
“Now the business is in good hands, I can concentrate elsewhere, where I can do good and give something back,” he said.
The entrepreneur talked about his vision of helping school leavers to take up employment, university studies or training.
He wants to fight youth unemployment, a shortage of skilled workers and crime.
“Youth unemployment would end and London would become a big city again,” he said.
“We’ve been busy before, we’ve done a lot of work in the past and with just a few changes we can make the place bloom again. It’s about getting people into work. “
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Mr Mullins, who grew up in Elephant and Castle and now lives on the Embankment, also outlined his reasons for removing bike paths and the congestion fee.
He said stores were “closed left, right and center” and stores were “closed” because people cannot afford to travel to London.
“For me, the biggest changes are getting young people into work and getting rid of cycle paths, emissions costs and tolls,” he said.
“I’m doing this because London was booming before all of this came into play. Everyone went to work and everyone wanted to work.
“We have a shortage of craftsmen, a shortage of people who work in the catering trade and the people are no longer out there because they are not encouraged by the school.”
He added: “Without an education, I would not be where I am now. I was given this chance and I would also like to help other people a little. “
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