Almost 1500 maintenance and engineering Tube staff are to be balloted on strike action as part of the RMT union’s dispute with London Underground bosses over the planned Night Tube.
The final days of the campaign have seen renewed efforts by Khan’s Tory rival, Zac Goldsmith, to draw attention to the “radical” and “extremist” views held by people who have attended events at which the Labour mayoral hopeful also appeared.
The designer personally urged action to tackle complaints of “stifling” heat on the New Routemaster bus after passengers lobbied him direct about the issue, causing concern that his studio’s reputation could be damaged by its association with the vehicle.
Sensible people offer notes of caution on why the polls’ predictions may not come true and Team Sadiq are wisely taking nothing for granted, but the most probable outcome does seem to be a Khan victory.
Over the past few months Conservative mayoral runner Zac Goldsmith has sought to portray Labour rival Sadiq Khan as “Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate” in a bid to damage Mr Khan’s mainstream credentials.
Baroness Lawrence, who last summer backed Tessa Jowell’s bid to be Labour’s candidate, said: “London is a city that not only tolerates, but celebrates our diversity. A city that I know will choose unity over division. And hope over fear.”
London’s rising population means transport bosses are drawing up plans to service 330 million extra journeys each year but Mr Goldsmith says these plans would be put at risk by Sadiq Khan’s pledge to freeze Transport for London fares for the full four-year mayoral term.
In recent years Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has moved the force towards a more ‘intelligence-led’ use of the powers but the disparity in the ethnicity of those stopped continues to be a cause of concern for many campaigners.