The Mayor would like you to think that anyone who stands against his damaging plan to extend ULEZ to the whole of London wants children breathing dirty air. That’s not true.
Conservatives in City Hall have published a report outlining how the Mayor could spend money directly improving air quality, such as by upgrading dirty buses, instead of spending money on a spy camera network.
The key point is that upgrading commercial vehicles, such as buses, makes a far bigger difference to air quality than penalising people’s private cars. That’s because private cars are parked most of the time and a parked car has no emissions, but commercial vehicles are busy driving for most of the day. That’s true of buses as well as taxis and vans.
Backing The Police
My Assembly colleague Shaun Bailey has written in the Telegraph about stop and search: “When will Sadiq Khan admit that stop and search works? Even as London faces record knife killings, the Mayor continues to undermine a system that has a proven record of tackling crime
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Shaun, who has many years of community and youth work, writes that: “The latest figures show that the black Londoners make up around 13 per cent of our city’s population, but when it comes to the representation of victims of knife crime, that percentage shoots up to about 45 per cent, and 61 per cent of the perpetrators are black.
Stop and search is both a deterrent to carrying weapons and a means to remove those weapons from our streets, but it requires strong political support to work properly – something it certainly hasn’t received during Sadiq Khan’s time as Mayor.”
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Neil Garratt AM
London Assembly Member for Croydon & Sutton
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