Slippery Khan Weaponises Attacks to Blast May, Hours After She Defended Him

Yesterday Theresa May defended Sadiq Khan against the criticism from Donald Trump, insisting the mayor was doing a good job and that Trump was wrong to send those trolling tweets. How is Khan repaying her? This morning he is weaponising the London attacks, warning that May’s “planned Conservative spending cuts” will make it “harder to foil future terrorist attacks“. All’s fair in elections of course but this is quite the betrayal given just hours ago May was standing up for Sadiq on the international stage. This is why Labour veterans say you can’t trust Khan as far as you can throw him…

Trump Trolls Khan

Readers of this site will know that Guido can hardly be described as a defender of Sadiq Khan. But Trump has gone off the reservation – deliberately misrepresenting Khan’s words and then doubling down on his baseless attack on the mayor of the capital city of his closest ally. Imagine if the British PM had behaved in this way towards the New York mayor after 9/11. That sound you can hear is the collective facepalm from the PM’s aides…

Khan’s Website Says Election Promises Now “Out of Date”

Sadiq Khan has been getting a lot of deserved stick over his election campaign website, which awkwardly still lists the promises he has failed to keep since becoming mayor. Head over to Sadiq.London and you will find Khan’s pledges to build 80,000 homes a year, to plant two million trees by 2020 and to reduce bus fares in his first year. None of which have been kept. How is Team Sadiq dealing with his embarrassing website? They have updated it to include the following disclaimer:

“Some of the information on this page may be out of date and does not reflect campaign pledges or Mayoral policy.”

Eh? So the promises on Khan’s website don’t “reflect campaign pledges” and are now “out of date”? Asked about the disclaimer at Assembly questions, Khan said he isn’t sure who added it. A novel approach to promise breaking from London’s increasingly slippery Mayor…

UPDATE: Tory Assembly member Andrew Boff says:

“Since I began asking him some awkward questions about it, a disclaimer has mysteriously appeared on the site, effectively conceding the promises amount to nothing. You couldn’t make it up. This is about a Mayor presenting a misleading picture of himself during an election campaign on an official and very public website. He may now claim the information is out of date and irrelevant, but that will be little comfort to those who no doubt voted for him on the back of these phantom pledges.”

Khan Hosting Party Tonight With 11 Nations Who Ban Israelis

Just hours after demanding the government rescinds its invite to President Trump over his travel ban, Sadiq Khan will tonight host a City Hall reception with 11 dignitaries whose countries bar Israeli citizens from entering. Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen will all be represented at the gathering of ambassadors this evening. All 11 of these countries block travel to Israeli passport holders. Khan will use tonight’s party to criticise Trump’s ban as “cruel, prejudiced and counterproductive.While dining with 11 diplomats whose countries have done the same for years…

UPDATE: Tory London Assembly member Andrew Boff says:

“I fully support the Mayor’s condemnation of President Trump’s divisive travel ban but he should also be willing to condemn those countries that discriminate against citizens from Israel – particularly when he is hosting their representatives at a drinks reception at City Hall.”

UKIP’s Peter Whittle adds:

“Will the Mayor use this occasion to speak out against the 11 countries that permanently ban Israelis? Of course he won’t. Will he rescind their invites to this party, just as he’s calling for the state visit to be stopped? Of course he won’t. Like the protesters yesterday, his outrage is highly selective.”

And Nigel Farage tells Sadiq:

“You want Trump banned from UK but are happy with anti-Israeli discrimination. You are a hypocrite.”

Khan Broken Promise #7: U-Turns on Olympics Tax

Sadiq Khan is still taxing Londoners to pay for the 2012 Olympics despite the bill for the games having been met, breaking a key campaign promise to abolish the ‘one-off’ levy. Khan said he would drop a council tax precept which amounts to £8 on the average band D property once the £625 million bill for the Olympics had been paid off by 2017. During a City Hall budget debate this week it emerged Khan is continuing to impose the tax and is now directing the funds towards non-Olympic projects. London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon says:

“The mayor needs to apologise to Londoners for breaking his promise to remove this tax. He also needs to properly balance his books without using Olympic money, which was never intended to be his blank cheque.”

This is Khan’s seventh broken promise in eight months…

Sadiq Spoils Corbyn’s Main Attack Line

Lifelong Eurosceptic Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t have much to criticise the government about on Brexit. His main attacks are that Theresa May is creating a “bargain basement economy” and that Labour will table amendments to the Article 50 legislation to prevent the Tories from harming workers’ rights. Speaking in City Hall this morning Sadiq Khan has completely rubbished this attack line:

“I know that the government, for example David Davies, has met with Frances O’Grady from the TUC, and a number of people who care about workers rights. Again, to give credit to the government, I don’t think they want to weaken workers rights. And I’m hoping that what we have now is a floor not a ceiling. What none of us want to see is a dilution of workers rights or a race to the bottom. That’s why there’s been some anxiety with comments about us being, inverted commas, an offshore tax haven, because the implication is that would lead to a dilution of workers rights. I’ve seen no evidence from the conversations I’ve had with senior members of the government that that’s their aspiration or their intention or something they want to do. Which is good.”

Arguably Labour’s main attack line on the government blown out of the water by their most popular elected figure…

Khan Finally Admits He Could Have Frozen All Fares

At last! Sadiq Khan has finally admitted to ITV London that “hypothetically it’s possible” that he could have frozen all fares, including Travelcards. In other words, he was wrong when he claimed it was out of his power. This is massively embarrassing. His tube fares manifesto pledge 100% derailed.

H/T Simon Harris

TfL Told Khan He Could Freeze All Fares

Sadiq Khan has repeatedly explained his broken TfL fares promise by claiming that Travelcards and daily and weekly caps are out of his control. Of course this doesn’t justify the broken manifesto pledge that commuters would “not pay a penny more”. And it turns out it isn’t even true…

The excellent Mayorwatch blog has got hold of the advice TfL sent Khan when he took office. In it, TfL told the Mayor it would be possible to freeze Travelcard prices and daily and weekly caps, even going as far as giving him a cost plan:

“the financial impact on us of freezing Travelcards (and pegged daily/weekly Oyster/contactless caps), which would be an additional £660m over five years”

If Travelcards and daily and weekly caps are out of the Mayor’s control, why would TfL include the cost of freezing them in their advice to him? Khan really enjoying the lack of accountability in his new job. Gordon Brown’s team didn’t call him Sadiq the sneak for nothing…

Sadiq Khan Broken Promise Count

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Promise: ‘I want to be crystal clear – no ifs, no buts – what you’ll pay if I’m elected Mayor in May 2016 is what you’ll pay at the end of my 4 years in office’

Reality: Daily and weekly caps are rising by an average of 2%, Travelcard season ticket prices are rising by an average of 2%.

Affordable housing

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

Reality: His new policy is that he hopes to convince developers to voluntarily meet a target of 35% affordable housing.

Police

Promise: 32,000 police officers on London’s streets.

Reality: Now only committing enough funds to maintain force’s current strength of 31,000 officers.

Trees

Promise: “plant two million trees by 2020”

Reality:No tree planting has been funded since the beginning of this administration”

Green energy

Promise: Make London run on 100% green energy by 2050.

Reality: 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.

Strikes

Promise: “Make sure there are zero days of strikes”

Reality: Tube strike travel chaos for commuters today.

Sadiq cleverly getting the broken manifesto promises out of the way in the first year…

Khan’s Nick Clegg Moment: TfL Travelcards Hiked By 2%

“From today, I’ve frozen all TfL fares until 2020″ tweeted Sadiq Khan yesterday, linking his followers to a page on the TfL website listing fares which have been frozen. The Mayor was being misleading at best, downright untruthful at worst. The link he tweeted did not include the fares that are going up. 

Buried on the TfL website is the news that daily and weekly caps are rising by an average of 2%. The price of a monthly Travelcard (zones 1&2) will rise by £2.30. Adult Day Travelcard prices have been hiked by up to 50p, Child Day Travelcard prices are going up by 30p. Travelcard season ticket prices are rising by an average of 2%, some by considerably more than that. If you’re a commuter you will likely use a Travelcard and Khan’s fake “freeze” will not apply to you.

During the mayoral election Khan promised: “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today”. In his manifesto he said he would “freeze London transport fares for four years”. The new TfL fares released yesterday confirm that these promises have been completely and utterly 100% broken. While Westminster and the media are focused on other things, Khan is getting away with Nick Clegg-level dishonesty in the capital…

Khan Hires Mandy

Sadiq Khan has hired Peter Mandelson to advise him on Brexit. No doubt the importance of protecting pensions will be top of his priorities list. Khan and Mandelson fell out badly during the Labour leadership election in 2010 when Sadiq, then Ed Miliband’s campaign agent, blasted Mandy as part of “the New Labour attack machine” spinning “the same old messages”. Mandy hit back at Khan suggesting he wasn’t engaging in “grown-up politics”. At least they can now unite opposing Brexit. Another stunning Khan appointment – don’t forget to bill ’em through a company

Treasury Implements Amy Lame Tax

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The Treasury has warned public bodies they can no longer employ staff through personal service companies – a direct challenge to Sadiq Khan to change the tax efficient contract of his aide Amy Lame. Khan’s controversial ‘Night Tzar’ receives her taxpayer-funded £35,000 salary (for two days’ work a week) through her company Amy Lame Ltd, a highly unusual arrangement for a public servant. Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke has today ordered public bodies like City Hall to ensure this is not allowed to happen:

“Public sector bodies should be leading by example… From April 2017, where a public sector body engages an off-payroll worker through their own limited company, that body will become responsible for determining whether the rules should apply, and paying the right tax… the responsibility for determining whether or not the rules apply will remain with the public sector body, who will need to inform the agency or third party of their conclusion.”

Will Khan and City Hall now end Lame’s cushy tax arrangement?

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…

H/T @mayorwatch

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”.[…] Read the rest

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