Gareth Bacon AM: “It is no secret that we are facing a crime epidemic in the capital; the Mayor has lost control of the streets and Londoners are feeling increasingly unsafe in their own city.
“When he’s asked about London’s soaring crime rates, Sadiq Khan will invariably blame the government and try to reassure Londoners that he is doing everything within his power to deal with these heinous crimes.
“But the Mayor’s budget shows that he is taking Londoners for fools. Far from doing all he can, he is choosing to waste millions more on PR, City Hall bureaucrats and the transport unions at the expense of keeping Londoners safe.
“Our amendment to the Mayor’s budget would have scrapped the waste and used the savings to put nearly 1400 additional police officers on the streets. The fact that the Mayor ignored our plans shows that he is completely out of touch with the needs of Londoners. Make no mistake, the Mayor has chosen to prioritise press officers over police officers”.