Ken Livingstone promised people in Wandsworth they will be £1,000 richer if they vote him in May.

He pledged to reverse cuts to the police and to freeze transport fares for commuters in Wandsworth.

Mr Livingstone also said he would bring back the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for youngsters in higher education.

The mayoral candidate hoping for a third term in City Hall was launching his Better Off With Ken campaign outside Tooting Broadway station yesterday, delivering his manifesto while standing on a soapbox.

About 30 people came to greet Mr Livingstone, including Labour councillors and Greater London Authority (GLA) candidate Councillor Leonie Cooper who also gave a speech.

Mr Livingstone said: "Neighbourhood VAT will be spent locally, that is £11,000 that Wandsworth people will be better off with.

"EMA is necessary to kids who live in Wandsworth, that £30 a week buys books or a meal in the canteen."

"People will be £1,000 better off if Boris is voted out. I will spend it on police, shops and helping the local economy."

Mr Livingstone also promised to raise the lack of Olympic press passes for south London newspapers in Parliament if elected, but warned that time is now tight to resolve the issue.

Coun Cooper said: "We have two people left in the Tooting police team, we need Ken to get our police back on the street.

"Lets get someone back into community priorities."

Voting for the Mayor of London elections takes place on May 3.

Meanwhile, our poll on this website to gauge public support for the candidates is currently showing Boris in the lead.