MPs Personally Hit by ULEZ Expansion

The ULEZ expansion has already riled home county Tory MPs, who are roundly attacking Sadiq Khan’s decision. The move hits any commuters hoping to drive into London – an easy cash cow for City Hall. Now Guido understands the real-world effect of the ULEZ expansion is hitting MPs where it hurts.

Langford Printers is one of the primary providers of headed paper for MPs, with the latest set of expenses data showing that in the months between March and August 2022 alone they received over £13,000 of taxpayer cash to supply both MPs and Lords with stationery to communicate with their constituents.

Guido now hears the expansion of the ULEZ is forcing the company to close shop, much to the chagrin of parliamentary staffers who say they’re “gutted” and left asking “where will we get our paper from?”.

Speaking to Langford Printers this morning, Guido was informed that while a number of issues have to come together to force the company to shut, the ULEZ was the straw the broke the camel’s back. While the owner lives inside the ULEZ, the business is just outside the zone and the £25-a-day charge – £600 a month – is a major contributing factor to the decision, with the company’s vans just six months outside of the permitted ULEZ exception. Maybe this sad story will bring home to Labour MPs the cost of their mayor’s decision… 

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WATCH: London Assembly Descends Into Shouting Match as Sadiq Claims Tories “Don’t Care” About Children Dying

Questions to the Mayor over in City Hall have just descended into chaos in the last few minutes, with Sadiq making the wild claim that the Tories somehow “don’t care” about dying children… because they don’t support his ULEZ expansion. Grab the popcorn…

“The Conservatives clearly do not care about our children developing permanently stunted lungs and premature deaths in our city […] they’re in the pocket of vested interests…”

The meeting immediately fell to pieces, with furious Tory AM Emma Best member attacking Sadiq for suggesting she doesn’t care about the health of her own children.

The Tory leader in the assembly, Susan Hall, also sparked a major row with the chair as she flung a tirade at Sadiq without asking a question.

Genuinely much more enjoyable than any Commons scenes from the last few months…

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Sadiq Mocked Over Calls for Independent London Immigration Policy

In a widely-trailed speech tonight, Sadiq Khan is to call for the government to devolve immigration policy to him in City Hall, as well as have an honest debate about rejoining the Single Market. At the Mansion House tonight, Sadiq will call for “Devolving powers to London and allowing us to create a regional shortage occupation list”. Implying shortages are being caused by lack of immigration when a record 504,000 people net came here last year seems to be a stretch even for Sadiq…

“Devolving powers to London and allowing us to create a regional shortage occupation list would be one way to give businesses the ability to attract and retain talent in the areas they need it most.”

Responding to the demand, a government source jokes to Guido, “What’s the mayor proposing? The Republic of Khania?” Going on to observe “I’m sure Londoners would prefer him to help sort out crime across the city rather than start worrying about setting his own immigration policies.”

Such a policy – provided Sadiq actually means it and isn’t merely cynically attempting to grab headlines – raises a number of questions about how it would be implemented. Would you need a passport to get on the tube? Would the migrants be fitted with ASBOs to ensure they stayed in London? Or would Sadiq merely demand the government build a wall around the M25? Enough time has passed since he delighted in attacking Donald Trump at the expense of Britain’s diplomatic interests – surely Don would pick up the phone should Sadiq need some advice…

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Sadiq Khan’s Climate Change Book Tour Flops

Mark your calendars: Sadiq’s writing a book, and it’s coming out this May. Titled “Breathe: Tackling The Climate Emergency”, Sadiq claims it’s a “seven-step guide to winning support for tough action on climate change”. So far, however, “winning support” is proving easier said than done. Always a tall ask to get the man who introduced the ULEZ to write a book about popular climate policies… 

The book has been available for pre-order on Amazon for a whopping four months, yet according to the site’s Best Sellers listing (which includes pre-sales), it’s currently the 794,238th most popular book overall. For context, even Matt Hancock’s Pandemic Diaries is 1,249th

Sadiq’s also hosting a show at the Southbank Centre on 24th May to promote the book… and that’s not selling well either. At the time of going to pixel, 576 of the 1974 seats have been sold. That’s about 29% capacity. By comparison, comedian Phil Wang is selling tickets to his “Wang in There, Baby!” gig at the same venue, just a week prior. That’s sold 2299 seats so far, with 351 remaining. Over the weekend, Wang came out swinging with 38 tickets snapped up, while Sadiq only managed to shift 8. Still, fewer books sold means fewer pages printed. Might save a few trees, at least…

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All Aboard Khan’s Costly Publicity Stunt

Sadiq Khan is back doing what he does best: spaffing taxpayer’s cash on publicity stunts. The Mayor’s most recent scheme is a £145,000 advice bus, to provide Londoners with information during the cost of living crisis. The trouble is, just 13% of the budget is being spent on advisers, with the rest going on publicity, project management and logistics. According to the Bus’ decision document, £12,000 was allocated for publicity, £10,000 on a celebrity endorsement and £1,000 on a photographer. £18,000 will go towards actual advice… 

Of the funding for the bus, £45,000 came from London’s Low-income and Food programme and £70,000 from the Children and Young Londoners Early Years budget. Emma Best, the GLA Conservatives’ health spokesperson, said:

“Sadiq Khan should be judged by his actions, not his words, and what he appears to have done here is take money from people in need to fund his own publicity… He claims to want to help those who are most in need, but like some kind of reverse Robin Hood, he takes cash away from those who desperately need it to splash on feel-good campaigns that boost his own PR”

Sadiq’s stunt is not only wasteful, it also highlights the Mayor’s hypocrisy: the bus used in the Mayor’s photo-op is a diesel-guzzler. All the while, Sadiq punishes London’s diesel drivers with his ULEZ expansion.

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Khan’s Team Admits Sharing Debunked Claims

Sadiq Khan has had to fess up to his disinformation. Tony Devenish asked the Mayor about an inaccurate tweet, first fact-checked by Guido, and offered this response:

“This tweet was based on research published in a well-known and reputable national newspaper. Following further analysis from City Hall’s air quality research team the tweet was deleted. We are committed to ensuring the information we provide Londoners with is as accurate as possible… social media posts are signed off by senior policy and Mayor’s office staff”

Senior policy and Mayor’s office staff should hold higher standards than unquestioningly repeating newspaper claims. The Mayor claims to be committed to the provision of accurate information, and yet the impact of his debunked claim is still on show. A quick Google search reveals a range of unquestioning coverage of the Mayor’s claims, including from Time Out. If Sadiq really wants to tackle London’s pollution, he should start with his own press office.

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