Sadiq Khan

  1. Khan confident of Night Tube return despite strike threat

    Sadiq Khan

    The mayor of London has said he is "confident" planned driver strikes on the Night Tube will not delay the return of the service.

    Night services on the Victoria and Central lines are set to return at the end of the month for the first time since being suspended in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has planned a series of 24-hour walkouts.

    It argues current plans to run the service would wreck the work-life balance of its members.

    Speaking at City Hall earlier, Sadiq Khan said he is “confident that this dispute will not delay the reopening of the Night Tube”, though he admitted, “unfortunately, it may have an impact on service levels”.

    He said reintroducing the service from 29 November is "the right thing to do".

    Overnight Tube services will boost "London’s economic recovery" and "ensure Londoner’s have the best possible range of safe late-night travel options".

    Transport for London (TfL) bosses have been meeting with the RMT union through the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

  2. Mayor pushed to show whether flagship scheme to cut knife crime is working

    City Hall has asked Sadiq Khan to show how effective his plans to tackle knife crime have been.

    London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) aims to tackle violent crime by taking a systematic public health approach.

    Assembly member and Police and Crime Committee chairman Shaun Bailey called on the mayor to publish the cost and performance evaluations of all VRU projects and was backed by a majority.

    He said: "We don’t know how the VRU is spending taxpayers’ cash and whether its projects are keeping London safe.

    "With a budget nearing £30m, the mayor must provide us with a breakdown of the VRU’s expenditure and performance evaluations for its projects.

    "This information is vital to the London Assembly’s scrutiny work. The mayor must provide it."

    A spokesperson for the Mayor of London, said: “London’s VRU is leading an approach to tackling violence that is rooted in prevention and early intervention, and is a champion and a voice for young people and communities across London."

  3. 'If we as cities can do this, why can’t national governments?'

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan
    Image caption: Sadiq Khan believes city and regional leaders are better placed to know how best to spend funding from central government than national politicians

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says he is less optimistic about a positive outcome from COP26 than a week ago because “our national leaders haven’t reached the agreements they need to keep 1.5 alive”.

    Mr Khan told BBC News that national governments need to follow the “urgency” shown by cities – London and Glasgow have both set net zero targets of 2030 – rather than making pledges for “20, 30 years' time”.

    Cities in the global north have already seen the effects of climate change, he said, pointing to recent flooding in London, New York and Germany, wildfires in Greece and Australia, and the displacement of people to large cities.

    “It is frustrating for us to see our national leaders kicking these really urgent cans down the road,” said Mr Khan, who is chair of C40 cities, a global network of almost 100 large cities committed to addressing climate change.

    The group has announced a $1bn finance package for zero-emission buses in major cities in Latin America including Rio, Santiago and Buenos Aires, to help address climate inequality in the global south.

    Quote Message: This is a good example of us leveraging private sector money and the power of private manufacturers. The economies of scale mean the cost of each bus comes down, and there is less carbon being emitted across Latin America. If we as cities can do this, why can’t national governments?” from Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
    Sadiq KhanMayor of London
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  5. Mayor accuses chancellor of taking London for granted

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford,

    The mayor of London has accused the chancellor of "taking London for granted" in today's budget.

    Rishi Sunak allocated nearly £7bn to boost public transport in England’s city regions - but did not include any new funding Transport for London (TfL).

    The government has paid nearly £4bn in bailouts to keep TfL services running during the coronavirus pandemic.

    But Mr Khan warned with the current TfL funding settlement from government expiring on 11 December, the capital is approaching its busiest period with "complete uncertainty".

    The mayor also said the budget did not provide enough funding "to keep Londoners safe, deliver more affordable housing, tackle poor air quality and the meet the ambition needed to achieve net zero and address the climate crisis".

    He added London is "the engine of the UK’s economy contributing a net £38.8bn to the Treasury in the last full financial year prior to the pandemic".

    "Without a London recovery, there will be no national economic recovery," he said.

    “The government itself has said that London should not be left behind when it comes to levelling up the country – yet today's announcements fail to back that up."

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