“Renter’s Mayor” Sadiq Khan should represent all Londoners and boost home ownership

The Mayor’s plans for housing are too narrowly focused on renters, and the Mayor should be helping the squeezed middle onto the housing ladder with shared ownership, says Andrew Boff. Shared ownership allows aspiring home owners to purchase a share in a home and pay a reduced rent on the remaining part. This allows people on lower incomes with very small deposits to climb the…

Response to the resignation of Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

At the last Police and Crime Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said that she had full confidence in Sir Bernard. What has changed in less than a week? It has been clear for some time that Sadiq Khan would push out Sir Bernard, not because he has a better option lined up or because Sir Bernard had failed at his job, but…

Mayor risking health of police and public over delay of spit guards

The Mayor has put the Metropolitan Police use of spit guards under consultation without any adequate alternative or safety precautions, said Tony Arbour at today’s policing and crime committee. Today the Met Commissioner said the only alternative to protect officers from serious infection involves the use of force against a spitting individual. The Commission also confirmed that officers have been made seriously ill from spit…

Other than choosing a new Mayor, how would you improve London?

Sunday 2nd October 2016 at 21:30 Hall 6, ICC, Birmingham For each of the last three years, the GLA Conservatives have run the same event at the Conservative Party Conference. Each year attendees have told us that our event was “the most fun we’ve had in” Manchester or Birmingham and “just the sort of thing that Conference should be all about”. If you find that…

An open letter to the Evening Standard

Dear Editor, On behalf of the below members of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee I would like to express our disappointment in your lead story of Tuesday 13 September, headlined “Police do target black people on streets”. Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa has expressed his deep concern about the way this story was reported. We share his concerns that your article, in particular the…

LIP funding preservation is welcome news

I’m delighted that the Mayor has this morning given a commitment to preserve vital LIP funding for local authorities in London. Local Implementation Plan (LIP) funding is money given by TfL to London’s boroughs to spend on local projects that support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. It is a vital source of funding that the previous Mayor consistently protected. The Mayor told me that local authorities…

Just two drivers caught smoking in cars with children since ban

– Figures in first nine months ‘show ban is unenforceable’, says London Assembly member Just two drivers in London have been caught smoking in their car with a child since an England-wide ban was introduced last year, new figures show. The legislation was hailed as a ‘tremendous victory’ by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) when it came into force on October 1, despite critics claiming…

Appalled At Mayor's Intervention On Police Use Of Spit Hoods

It is appalling that the Mayor has chosen to interfere with police operational matters and block the use of spit hoods. Has he forgotten he is no longer representing those who make claims against the police but in fact representing the police themselves? The decision to use these hoods would have been taken as a result of a risk assessment showing that officers were at…