Many Leave voters are the very same minimum wage workers in insecure jobs, on zero-our contracts, reliant on in-work benefits and struggling to pay rents that Labour and the Greens claim to speak up for.
Under both Ken and Boris the board – with a few honourable exceptions – has long been too much of a rubber stamp, committed to little more than ensuring the mayor gets his way, so schemes and policies have tended to get nodded through with little objective scrutiny.
It beggars belief that the government are so intent on axing nursing bursaries, a move that will undoubtedly deter many more from entering this most important profession.
Ten of London Assembly members elected in 2016 have entered the Assembly for the very first time, so I have drawn on my 16 years’ experience at City Hall to put together a list of 10 things every new AM needs to know about the Assembly.
Wednesday morning saw the first London Assembly Question Time for new Mayor Sadiq Khan. The session lasts for up to two and half hours and has always been an ordeal for Mayors.
The Mayor of London was challenged by Assembly Members on several pledges made in his election manifesto and throughout his campaign. But when asked to confirm or clarify key policies on housing, transport, policing and the green belt, the Mayor was forced to row back.
A well connected Westminster type tells me that ministers are considering moving the date of the next Mayor of London election from May 2020 to avoid Sadiq Khan’s re-election bid clashing with the general election.
Sadiq Khan has overtaken two serious, credible rivals to secure one of the most spectacular personal political victories in British politics. It’s a shame more people weren’t up to see it.