Home > Articles tagged with Shaun Bailey

Stop and search shake-up should spearhead overhaul of knife crime strategy in London

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– Just 15 per cent of stop and searches currently target knife crime, compared with 60 per cent for drugs
– Report author Shaun Bailey wants greater focus on knives

A refocusing of stop and search on finding knives instead of drugs should spearhead a complete overhaul of knife crime strategy in London, according to a comprehensive new report.

‘Londoners’ Lives Matter’, by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey, points to figures showing just 15 per cent of stop and searches are currently motivated by a search for blades, with 60 per cent related to drugs.

The report also points out that young black males are ten times more likely to be stopped and searched for drugs than young white males, despite black males statistically being half as likely to use drugs.

Mr Bailey wants to see police refocus their efforts away from petty drug offences and to carry out more knife searches on individuals – an approach he believes communities historically opposed to stop and search want to see.

The report also calls for:

  • A focused approach on youth violence with the production of a five to ten-year prevention strategy with tangible targets and regular progress monitoring
  • Adoption of a public health strategy, such as the ‘Glasgow model’, which the report suggests could cut knife crime in London by a third
  • Increased intelligence gathering through social media of building tensions between known groups
  • Ad campaigns encouraging families to talk about knife crime
  • Hard-hitting social media campaign led by Mayor
  • Pilot of new AI technologies like Smart CCTV
  • Improved access to business CCTV for police reacting to violent street incidents

The report is proposed as a comprehensive approach to tackling knife crime in London, designed to replace the Mayor’s current Knife Crime Strategy, which Mr Bailey says is not working.

London Assembly member Shaun Bailey said: “Knife crime destroys families, fractures communities and puts a stain on our city. Unfortunately, the Mayor’s policies are having no impact and we must seek a new approach.

“Trust among the black community around stop and search is low. With the number of people being patted down for petty drugs offences, when the statistics show the black community is far less likely to be using drugs, it is clear why.

“I do believe though there is a desire for increased searches if they focus on knives and not drugs. This refocus should be the catalyst for a major overhaul of our approach to knife crime. My approach pulls in the best elements of schemes like the one in Glasgow, utilises social media intelligence gathering to prevent knife attacks and calls for a major long-term strategy that could help cut stabbings in the capital by a third.


“With 80 people killed last year, this goes way beyond party politics and I am urging the Mayor to work with me to address the shortcomings in the current strategy.”



* Shaun Bailey is a London-wide Conservative Assembly Member
* A full copy of the report is attached

The report: "Londoners’ Lives Matter – Reversing the rise in knife crime" can be accessed at: www.glaconservatives.co.uk/llm/

Click here to download the report

Or to save it right click 'save as' on this link www.glaconservatives.co.uk/llm/

T-charge launch: Scheme is ‘a £23million attack on London’s small businesses and poorest drivers’

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

  • Mayor’s assessments show T-charge will have ‘negligible’ impact on air quality
  • Expected to reduce poisonous gases by just 1-3%
  • Charge will cost London’s poorest drivers £23million a year
  • Small businesses and self-employed could be hammered by fees
  • Mayor accused of ‘blowing smoke’ with T-charge effectiveness claims


The Mayor of London has ‘launched an attack on small businesses and London’s poorest drivers’ by introducing a road tax that ‘won’t make a dent’ in London’s harmful emissions.

Transport for London assessments show the T-charge will have a ‘negligible’ impact on air quality and is predicted to reduce NOx emissions by just 1-3%.

read more

London on course for ‘charge rage’ epidemic unless demand for electric car charging points is met

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– Report finds capital could have just one charger for every 15 cars by 2031
– Electric vehicle registrations growing by 172 per cent every five years
– Calls for Mayor to invest more in rapid-charging points

London’s roads could see a ‘charge rage’ epidemic if the predicted demand for electric car charging points is not met, according to a new report.

read more

Londoners pay £18million a year in cash machine fees

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– Lack of access to ATM’s disproportionately affects low-income groups, the disabled, and the elderly
– Free cash machines should be included in all new major developments

Pay-to-use cash machines cost Londoners £18million a year, according to a new report.

The report “Cash for Access: Expanding the availability of new cash machines” calls for fee-free cash machines to be included in all new major developments across London. It also calls for free-to-use cash machines to be installed in public buildings and TfL stations to help improve access.

In the past two years over 40 bank branches have closed across the capital making access to free cash withdrawals more difficult. Many Londoners now live more than 1km from a free cash machine and due mobility issues are required to pay for withdrawals. On average people are paying £1.75 a withdrawal, but that can sometimes be as high as £5 or £10.

read more

London’s emergency services struggling to comply with Mayor’s earlier ULEZ deadline

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– Fire, ambulance and police services all say they will be affected by 2019 implementation
– Met needs to replace 82 per cent of its fleet – all of its diesel vehicles
– Fire brigade faced with paying daily charge on 52 non-compliant vehicles if deadline is brought forward
– Ambulance service says it will have to bring forward vehicle replacement timeline

London’s emergency services are struggling to meet the proposed earlier deadline for complying with London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), an FOI has revealed.

Information obtained by London Assembly member Shaun Bailey shows all three emergency services are concerned about the financial and logistical impact of a 2019 introduction.

The ULEZ will require all vehicles – including those run by the emergency services – travelling inside the zone to meet exhaust emission standards or pay a daily charge of £12.50.

Boris Johnson proposed to introduce the ULEZ in 2020 but Sadiq Khan has pledged to bring forward the date to 2019 and wants to widen the zone to the North and South Circular.

read more

Armed forces veterans suffering PTSD need Mayor’s help to access life-changing assistance dogs

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– New report calls on Sadiq Khan to help some of the capital’s 5,360 affected veterans
– Loan-scheme could ease access to highly-trained dogs
– Canines act as effective alternatives to long-term drug therapies

The Mayor of London could support some of the capital’s 5,360 armed forces veterans suffering from PTSD by providing loans for life-changing therapeutic dogs, according to a new report.

‘Paws for Support’, by London Assembly Member Shaun Bailey, calls on the Mayor to use cash reserves and corporate sponsorship to set up an interest-free loan scheme that could provide the capital’s most vulnerable veterans with the trained pets.

The intelligent canines, which help in a similar way to guide dogs, provide reassuring personal assistance to PTSD sufferers and can even wake a sufferer up during recurring nightmares – a common symptom of the illness.

read more

The Mayor resorts to mud-slinging rather than addressing the T-Charge facts

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare


Sadiq Khan appears to be blindly ignoring the facts put in front of him by his own researchers at TfL.

Under assessment by his own people, the Mayor’s flagship air pollution policy is predicted to have only a ‘negligible’ impact on air quality, reducing poisonous NOx gasses by just 1-3%.

Unfortunately for Londoners, rather than attempt to address any of the points I have raised, the Mayor has simply resorted to mud-slinging.

Londoners will no doubt be disappointed to see the Mayor fail to defend a policy that will cost 9,000 drivers a combined £23million a year. What we need, instead of politicising the environment, is a sensible policy that actually tackles air pollution.

read more

T-charge will cost Londoners £23million a year for ‘negligible’ improvement in air quality

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– TfL predicts just a 1-3% reduction in NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions
– 9,000 drivers every day set to be hit with £10 charge
– Small businesses with older vehicles will be hardest hit

The Mayor of London’s T-charge will cost Londoners £23million a year despite having only a ‘negligible’ impact on pollution, it has been revealed.

Transport for London’s own assessment concludes the £10 daily charge for vehicles that are over ten years old will save just 1-3% of NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions – a figure described as ‘negligible’ by TfL.

The assessment also concludes the anticipated reduction in air pollution will be ‘low’.

read more

London fringe festival at disused sites ‘could help reverse music venue closures’

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare

– Report finds 35% of London’s grass roots music venues have closed since 2007
– Disused stations, railway arches and buildings could host gigs
– Calls for Mayor to boost pop-up culture with celebratory fringe festival

The Mayor of London should co-ordinate a London fringe festival at disused sites to encourage the creation of pop-up music and comedy venues across the capital, according to a new report.

‘Top of the pop-ups’ calls for the Mayor to work with developers and TfL to identify disused tube stations, railways arches, depots and other buildings to host the annual event.

The report found 35 per cent of London’s grass roots music venues have closed since 2007, with over 100 live music venues in the West End and 50 other music venues shutting down in recent years.

Report author Shaun Bailey AM wants to preserve London’s live music and comedy scene and believes the Mayor could lead the way in pop-up venues by making use of London’s disused sites.

read more