Mayoral hopeful Brian Paddick says he has buried the hatchet with his old boss Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

Mr Paddick, a former Lambeth borough commander who went to Sutton Manor High School, retired after clashing with Ian Blair over the handling of the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting in July, 2005.

In an exclusive interview with the 49-year-old says he met with Commissioner Blair recently and the pair are now on good terms.

"I think we are both adult enough that if I was mayor and he Commissioner we could work together," he said.

He added that the meeting went so well Sir Ian dismissed his notetaker.

Speaking at's Sutton offices he also said south west Londoners can expect an improved and safer transport system if he wins the May election.

The Lib Dem candidate said he would end transport policies which only favoured central London and draft in police to tackle teen crime on buses.

"There's a bias against commuters in south west London. Money going into projects like Crossrail don't benefit them at all," he said.

He added: "Some people in the south west are paying much more for journeys under the current zone structure. I want a fair fare for commuters in south west London."

According to Mr Paddick transport priorities would be decided in consultation with local councils and elected officials.

He also said he wanted to see more police officers on bus routes known to suffer from antisocial behaviour, and advocated removing free travel from teen troublemakers.

"I want to take away the right to free travel from those who abuse it rather than a blanket ban on free travel for teens."

And despite the pressures of getting ready to launch his mayoral campaign on Monday he still had time to pop in and visit his 87-year-old mum.

"She lives just round the corner in Sutton. She'd never forgive me if I came to here and didn't pop in and see her," he joked.