Mayor’s terrorism review has serious ‘lack of focus’

On the release of the Mayor of London’s Harris Review on terrorism preparedness London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said: “Though the intentions of the Harris Review were noble, and it has some good recommendations such as the Mayor attending Cobra meetings, it has a serious lack of focus. “Of the 127 recommendation nearly 50% are not even within the Mayor’s powers. “We appreciate detail but…

‘Disappointing’ Heathrow decision signals years of M25 misery

– Motorway disruption will affect 223,000 journeys every day for seven years Responding to the government’s announcement that Heathrow is its preferred airport for expansion, Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said: “I am extremely disappointed the government has ignored the vast swathes of evidence indicating that a third runway at Heathrow will be an environmental and logistical disaster. “Even if you ignore the damning…

Time For Care

The Mayor of London should promote the London-wide rollout of a ground-breaking trial that has helped reduce waiting times at an east London Accident and Emergency department, according to a new report by a London Assembly Member.

Ground-breaking trial could significantly cut A&E waiting times across London, report finds

– Mayor urged to promote Londonwide rollout of scheme – Educational ad campaign could encourage people to seek other care options – Increased GP registration in poorer areas could help reduce A&E congestion The Mayor of London should promote the London-wide rollout of a ground-breaking trial that has helped reduce waiting times at an east London Accident and Emergency department, according to a new report by a London…

Mayor has ‘torn up years of work’ with new Gallions Reach proposals

– Anger over new Mayor’s lack of consultation over DLR extension The Mayor of London has ‘torn up years of hard work’ by announcing plans to extend the DLR at Gallions Reach, according to Bexley and Bromley’s London Assembly Member. Conservative Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said TfL had spent years working on proposals for new road bridges in east London, including countless meetings and two…

Mayor ditches promise to plant two million trees by 2020

– Sadiq Khan u-turns on major environmental pledge The Mayor of London has ditched a key election promise to plant two million trees by 2020. Sadiq Khan’s new Deputy Mayor for Environment, Shirley Rodrigues, dropped the bombshell during her first meeting with the London Assembly’s Environment Committee this morning. Responding to a question from London Assembly member Tony Arbour, Ms Rodrigues said the two million…

Sadiq's 'Zero Strikes' pledge was incredibly naïve

From day one Sadiq’s ‘zero days of public transport strikes’ pledge has seemed incredibly naïve, and today a mere 6 months into his 4 years it is starting to fall apart. The Mayor thought he could just give into every union demand and avoid strike, but what he underestimated was their greed. The Mayor should be working towards real solutions to strike action, such as…