Build more bungalows to free up family homes in London

– Mayor should seize on huge demand for attractive downsizing options The Mayor of London should encourage a bungalow building boom to provide better downsizing options and free up family homes across the capital, according to a new report. ‘Smart Move’, by London Assembly member Andrew Boff, found 30 per cent of people consider a bungalow to be their ideal home, yet they make up…

Night Czar: City Hall says Amy Lamé ‘was approached’ for job despite offensive Twitter feed

– Oversight Committee to investigate her appointment TOMORROW – Comes days after Mayor defended her over offensive tweets Controversial new Night Czar Amy Lamé was approached to apply for the job despite her offensive Twitter feed, City Hall officials have revealed. A spokesman told LBC that ‘on balance it was decided that her previous social media should not count against her’. The Mayor was last…

Statement on Mayor’s official confirmation of his TfL ‘fares freeze’

– Signing-off of plans spells uncertainty for transport network Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said: “So the Mayor’s ‘fares freeze’ is now official – ‘officially’ leaving TfL with a £640million black hole in its budget, ‘officially’ slashing investment in London’s transport network and ‘officially’ providing no benefit whatsoever to hundreds of thousands of travelcard holders who do not qualify. “Sadiq Khan has so far…

Night Czar Amy Lamé ‘must appear before scrutiny committee’

Shaun Bailey AM has written to Economy Committee chair Fiona Twycross urging Ms Lamé’s attendance at the group’s next meeting. He writes: “The role of Night Czar has the potential to be transformational for London, and therefore it is fundamentally important that the first person to hold that role has the chance to explain to the London Assembly her ‘plans’ at the earliest opportunity. “This…

Mayor backs ‘Twitter troll’ Night Czar despite offensive tweets and bizarre tax arrangements

– Sadiq Khan admits he ‘would not endorse or condone’ Amy Lamé posts – Refuses to be criticised on third-party payment The Mayor of London has reiterated his backing for controversial Night Czar Amy Lamé despite her ‘gratuitously offensive’ tweets and questionable tax affairs. At Mayor’s Question Time, Sadiq Khan admitted he ‘would not endorse or condone’ many of her most offensive online comments but…

Tube strikes: London faces Groundhog Day unless the Mayor intervenes

– Binding arbitration the best solution, says London Assembly member Responding to the announcement by the RMT that its members voted in favour of strike action on the tube in the run up to Christmas, Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said: “Once again London is being cynically held to ransom by the unions at a time designed to inflict the highest possible damage. How…

Sadiq Khan has ‘failed Londoners’ in his first six months

– Mayor risking capital’s future with disastrous policies, Assembly Member warns Sadiq Khan has failed Londoners with a series of disastrous policies and broken promises in his first six months in office, according to a London Assembly member. Gareth Bacon AM says the Mayor needs to properly explain why he has ditched key election pledges on affordable homes targets, zero public transport strikes and the…