The Mayor of London has spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on a lavish beach party, it has emerged.
Under Khan’s chairmanship, the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) spent £200,000 on the Dock Beach event, which took place over the course of this summer.
Tonnes of golden sand transformed Royal Victoria Dock in Newham into an urban beach on the banks of the River Thames.
The event’s website boasts that the free event offered two swimming pools, a ‘sun deck’, film screenings, music evenings and even yoga sessions.
The LEAP was set up to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital.
Commenting, Susan Hall AM said: “The Mayor constantly moans that government cuts mean that he can’t put more bobbies on the beat or fill the gaping black hole in the transport budget. Yet he has miraculously managed to find hundreds of thousands to spend on an extravagant beach party.
“The problem isn’t that the Mayor’s multi-billion-pound budget is too small, it is that Khan’s priorities are all wrong. He should be slashing wasteful spending and using the savings to tackle London’s crime epidemic.
“The whole point of the LEAP is to help small business and boost jobs. Londoners will seriously question whether this complete waste of money is the best way to achieve this”.
John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: "On average, council tax rose just under 4 per cent this year compared to last across London. And the GLA contribution increased by over 5 per cent.
"The idea that splashing £200k of taxpayers' cash on a beach party is part of an effort to boost economic development is a complete farce.
"The Mayor's apparent wilful indifference to the interests of taxpayers needs to be shown up time and again. Sadly, instances like these are all too common under his leadership."