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 insisted her appointment was the right one.
He also refused to accept criticism for the fact Lamé is being paid through her personal services company, which last year paid no income tax.
London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said:
“By continuing to back Amy Lamé as his Night Czar, Sadiq Khan is endorsing her gratuitously offensive online profile and questionable tax arrangements.
“The Mayor has previously sacked an aide for similarly offensive tweets, yet he seems willing to apply double standards to someone who coincidentally fundraised and campaigned for him in the run-up to the election.
“Paying Ms Lamé through her private company raises further questions and leaves a sour taste for the taxpayer.
“The upcoming investigation will further examine the process of her appointment and I hope we get some better answers than the Mayor was able to provide today.”
– This yearly wage bill is equivalent to 32k hospitality jobs in the Capital
– Use small business tax cuts to boost wages without the need for sackings
Making the London Living Wage compulsory would cost London’s businesses £611.8m every year, the equivalent of 32,287 jobs in the hospitality sector.¹
GLA Conservative Tony Arbour, who calculated the figures, is calling for wages to be raised through business rate relief for smaller firms and VAT cuts in the hospitality sector.
GLA Conservative Assembly Member, Tony Arbour, said:
“We need to think practically about how get more Londoners on the Living Wage. It’s an ideal win-win situation for business, employees and the public purse. It puts more cash into people’s pockets and improves working conditions. But forcing firms to sign up to this, especially start-ups and small businesses – such as B&Bs, restaurants and coffee shops – will only hurt them and may even put them out of business. What we need instead are common-sense measures, such as tax cuts, designed to ease the burden on small business whilst boosting pay for employees. First, we need to give business rates relief to small businesses that sign up to the Living Wage. Next, we need to cut VAT in the hospitality sector. I will work with the Mayor of London and lobby the Government, to make sure pay can be boosted without the need for price hikes or sackings. These tax cuts will pay for themselves through reduced dependency on in-work benefits and increased tax-revenues.”
Local geographic area has 4.4bn barrels of shale oil, which could bring £93.7bn to London’s economy
London is on the doorstep of one of the country’s most promising new areas for oil and gas exploration.
There could be £93.7bn of oil within the Weald Basin,1 a geographic region directly south of London, spanning from Kent to Dorset, according to new estimates from GLA Conservative Tony Arbour.
The oil and shale gas industry has the potential to create jobs not only where the wells are located, such as a recent well found in Horse Hill Surrey worth £2 billion, but within Greater London as the industry requires a great deal of support.
Estimates show over 46,000 jobs – such as lorry drivers, geologists and hydraulic technicians – could be sustained throughout the next three decades.2
London: 86 people have been hospitalised by bus collisions in just three months, working out to one hospitalisation a day.¹
Bosses at Transport for London have released the figures in response to specific recommendations in the report ‘Clear Road Ahead: Bus collisions and the need for transparency’.²
Tony Arbour AM, the London Assembly Member for South West London, has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to support Heathrow Third Runway Referendums. AM Arbour was given Mayor Boris Johnsons support at the September 19th 2012 Mayors Question Time of referendums in every London borough on whether a 3rd runway should be built at Heathrow.
Richmond Council has already announced their intention to hold a referendum and the Mayor made clear that he supported this approach.
Commenting Tony Arbour said: “It is crucial that the Government understands the strength of opposition to allowing Heathrow Airport to build a 3rd runway. I am delighted that the Mayor backed the approach of London boroughs holding referendums on this subject and I’m sure Londoners will be unsurprised to learn that the Mayor confirmed that he would vote ‘No’.”
The following are the questions the GLA Conservatives will be asking at this months Mayor's Question Time (MQT). The MQT will be held on September 19th, so stay tuned for the live coverage starting at 10am, via the groups Twitter stream. There will also be video summaries made by the GLA Conservative Assembly Members after the event via the groups Youtube Channel.
Question No: 2524 / 2012
This month MQT (4th July 2012) included some very interesting questions regarding Prioritising investigations, Cleaning up the A12, and Stopping Metal Theft in London. We have compiled three summary videos of these questions, and hope to compile some more video's on the other questions asked to the Mayor by the GLA Conservatives. For the full list of our questions with a short description read our post.
On 4th July 2012, the London Assembly will hold it’s monthly Mayor’s Question Time. Assembly Members from all parties will pose question’s to Boris Johnson regarding matters that are important to Londoners.
Below are the oral questions tabled by the GLA Conservative Group for the July Mayors Question Time.
The GLA Conservatives have asked the Mayor to update the Assembly regarding the future of the South London Health Trust, and will ask the Mayor to lobby the Secretary of State and the Department of Health to commit to keeping Queen Mary’s Hospital in operation in Sidcup. This is Bexley’s only hospital and there are plans to create a health campus on the site.
Today the GLA Conservative Assembly Members Questioned the Mayor on a range of questions from Suburban Rail to Heathrow Expansion. The Mayor agreed with our Members on a great deal of issues, but also this gave our Members a chance to expand London's and their own knowledge of these topics.
This is a MQT Summary in progress as it takes a couple of days for everything to be compiled so check back often or follow the Assembly_Tories on twitter for the latest updates.
Richard Tracey questions Mayor over Suburban Rail control
Richard Tracey AM, GLA Conservative Transport spokesman, today (13 June) pushed the Mayor to renew his efforts to lobby the Government regarding control of the overland rail network. Asking a question at the Mayor's Question Time, Richard asked Boris Johnson to instruct Transport for London to flesh out what a suburban rail network run by City Hall would look like.
"Many commuters who have no other option than to use the overland train routes face a less than satisfactory service. This was demonstrated over the Jubilee weekend when many train operators failed to put on extra services which caused chaos on the network. I fully support the desire of the Mayor to have a stake in the commuter rail lines, so he can make them work for Londoners. He now needs to ensure that Transport for London put forward a clear vision of what timetables will look like, and what improvements may be implemented if the Mayor had control. This would go some way to building support for a TfL run service"
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