Amy Lame Quietly Ends Cushy Property Deal After Guido Story

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Amy Lame has terminated the cushy property deal involving her company and her partner following Guido’s story last week. On Friday we revealed that Lame runs her taxpayer-funded company from the subsidised student accommodation of her partner, who she employs as company secretary. On Tuesday, Lame made two filings to Companies House: the first ending the employment of her partner Jennie Hogan, the second changing the company’s registered address from Hogan’s subsidised flat to a new address on Great Russell Street. It was a very naughty arrangement – Hogan let Lame run her taxpayer-funded business from her College flat in return for a share of the profits, all while no income tax was paid. Quietly ending the deal after Guido shone a light on it looks very guilty indeed…

Khan Breaks Fourth Election Promise in Six Months

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During the Mayoral election, Sadiq Khan time and time again vowed he would deliver 50% affordable housing on every new development. He promised he would implement this “on day one”. The manifesto pledge is still up on his website:

“Sadiq will set a target for 50 per cent of all new homes in London to be genuinely affordable.”

Yesterday Khan released his Supplementary Planning Guidance detailing how councils should deal with planning applications. His new policy is that he hopes to convince developers to voluntarily meet a target of 35% affordable housing, in return for a quicker consideration of their application. No mention of the 50% target whatsoever. Khan has already broken manifesto promises on travel fares, trees and green energy – this is is fourth broken promise since taking office…

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Cushy Property Deal For Amy Lame’s Taxpayer-Funded Firm

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Sadiq Khan’s aide Amy Lame runs her taxpayer-funded company from the subsidised student accommodation of her partner, who she employs as company secretary. Lame’s City Hall salary is paid into her company Amy Lame Ltd, meaning she pays no income tax. Amy Lame Ltd is registered to her partner Jennie Hogan’s address in leafy Mecklenburgh Square. The property is owned by Goodenough College, where Hogan is a chaplain – it is listed by the College as subsidised accommodation costing around one-third less than market rates. Hogan is a shareholder and company secretary of Amy Lame Ltd. 

It is a cushy deal – Hogan lets Lame run her taxpayer-funded business from her College flat. In return, Hogan gets a share of the profits. All while no income tax is paid. This is a financial arrangement that would make Ken Livingstone proud…

UPDATE: Tory GLA leader Gareth Bacon says:

“Another day, and there are further serious questions for Amy Lamé to answer. The Mayor of London should take control of this situation, reverse his decision to pay her through a personal service company and avoid bringing the reputation of City Hall into further disrepute.”

Amy Lame is Sorry, Not Sorry

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City AM reports that Sadiq Khan’s Twitter troll aide has written to the leaders of six Tory councils apologising for calling Ruth Davidson scum, George Osborne a “c*nt” and celebrating Thatcher’s death. Since Lame’s only public response to the row has been to ‘like’ tweets supporting her unhinged rants, you’ll be forgiven for not believing her apology is genuine.

Still no explanation from Khan or Lame about her tax arrangements, which are highly abnormal for a public official…

Sadiq Admits He’s Clueless About Green Manifesto Promise

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With the national media distracted and the Evening Standard desperate to get him back onside, Sadiq Khan is being given a free ride in London. He’s got away with keeping his Twitter troll aide Amy Lame, a joke appointment handled terribly by the Mayor. Then there’s his manifesto pledge to plant two million trees, quietly chopped after Guido revealed none had been planted. And his shameless Nick Clegg-style broken promise that Londoners “not pay a penny more” for travelNow Guido can reveal yet another pledge Khan won’t be keeping: his election promise to make London run on 100% green energy by 2050. Sadiq’s team admit they have no idea what the percentage was when he took over, let alone today, because energy generation is apparently now a matter for central government. In other words, they won’t be telling us how the pledge is coming along. It’s fashionable to talk of post-truth politics at the moment, Sadiq is one of its most enthusiastic proponents…

Sadiq Shamelessly Spinning Broken Fares Promise

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Sadiq Khan is getting a lot of positive headlines today after he “formally confirmed” he would “freeze fares across the Transport for London network”, he says in line with his manifesto promise. This is a really shamelessly misleading distortion of the truth. Fares are not being frozen for travel cards and daily and weekly caps, which are expected to rise. Commuters, the people who use the tube most, are the ones Khan was targeting with his manifesto pledge to freeze fares. They use travel cards so their fares will not be frozen. Remember, Khan told Londoners they would “not pay a penny more” if he won. That is demonstrably untrue. Make no mistake, this is a broken promise on the scale of Nick Clegg and tuition fees.

Sadiq Skewered Over Aide’s Abusive Tweets

Embarrassment for Sadiq Khan at Mayor’s Question Time this morning as Tory Assembly members read out his aide Amy Lame’s abusive tweets. Khan gave a very mealy mouthed response about not condoning Lame mocking Thatcher’s death and calling Tories “scum“. He noticeably didn’t condemn her either. Amusingly Khan then accused the Tories of “petty differences” for bringing up Lame’s tweets. Who’s the petty one?

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The Mayor has misjudged the mood on this one…

Khan Aide Celebrated Thatcher’s Death

Sadiq Khan’s new aide Amy Lame tweeted this on the day Margaret Thatcher died. A charming accompaniment to her other tweets calling Ruth Davidson “scum“, shouting “scum” at a Tory LGBT group and accusing David Cameron of “using his dead son as a pawn”. This appointment is good for Khan’s street cred with the loonies, bad for his image as Labour’s most sensible senior politician.

Khan’s Troll Aide Paid Via Company, Pays No Income Tax

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Sadiq Khan’s new part-time aide and full-time internet troll is to receive her City Hall income through a personal service company. Amy Lame, who has attacked Amazon and Boris Johnson over supposed tax avoidance, paid no income tax last year.

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The Sunday Times reports Lame, real name Amy Caddle, will be paid her taxpayer-funded £35,000 salary for two days work a week via Amy Lame Ltd, allowing her to pay corporation tax rather than income tax despite being a public servant.[…] Read the rest

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Shameless Sadiq Breaks Another Election Pledge

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Sadiq Khan has shamelessly abandoned his mayoral campaign pledge to plant two million trees by 2020, a promise designed to outflank the green credentials of Zac Goldsmith. Last week Guido revealed that no trees had been planted and there were no plans to start digging.[…] Read the rest

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After Promising 2 Million Trees Sadiq Has Not Planted Single Tree

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In his manifesto Sadiq Khan promised to “plant two million trees by 2020” – it was one of his key policies to combat the undoubted green credentials of Zac Goldsmith. Two million trees over 4 years is some 10,000 trees a week, in fact it is exactly 1,369 a day, every day for 4 years.[…] Read the rest

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Militant Cabbies Boast How They Forced Khan to Cave

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Militant cabbies who vowed to blockade Trafalgar Square have boasted how their threats forced Sadiq Khan to give them everything they wanted. Last week the London mayor conceded almost every single one of the cabbies’ demands, as well as imposing punitive regulations on Uber. […] Read the rest

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Khan Caves in to Taxi Unions

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Sadiq Khan has caved in to the taxi unions and awarded black cab drivers a staggering £65 million taxpayer subsidy, 100 new taxi ranks across London and the installation of 90 highly expensive rapid chargers, which electric private hire vehicles will not be allowed to use.[…] Read the rest

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Sadiq Khan’s Name Booed at Corbyn Rally


NEC member Claudia Webbe invokes boos and jeers for the once-golden boy of Labour during a rally in Kilburn.[…] Read the rest

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Sadiq Khan’s Nick Clegg Moment

This video is the equivalent of Nick Clegg’s signed pledge to cut tuition fees. In March Sadiq Khan looked down the camera and promised voters:

“Over the last eight years fares have soared. That’s why I’m making a fully funded pledge to freeze fares over the next four years.

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Khan Breaks Key Election Promise: Travel Fares to Rise

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Sadiq Khan’s headline manifesto promise was to freeze travel fares. He promised “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today.” This pledge is from his manifesto:

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Throughout the campaign Khan dodged any and all questions about how this policy could be funded. […] Read the rest

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