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.
The average number of public transport strikes under Sadiq Khan have risen to six per year, meaning that the mayor currently has the worst pro rata strikes record of any London mayor.
Before his election Khan promised that there would be ‘zero days of strikes’ during his mayoralty, but this week Piccadilly Line drivers are staging a 48-hour walk-out, with the RMT union citing a ‘breakdown of industrial relations’ for the reason behind the strike. This is the 14th strike to take place since the mayor took office.
Khan’s strikes tally comes as a stark comparison to his two predecessors, Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, who averaged two and 4.4 strikes per year respectively.
Fresh data has revealed the average waiting time for the Met’s non-emergency number has increased by a staggering 3667 percent since Mayor Sadiq Khan took office in May 2016.
Londoners using the 101 number are having to wait on average 15 minutes until they are put through to a member of police staff, data obtained by London Assembly Member Tony Arbour has shown.
A rapidly increasing number of Londoners are abandoning their calls to the 101 number too, with over a million incomplete calls in the year up to July 2018. Well over half of callers (57 percent) failed to complete their call in July of this year – up from a mere 3.6 percent in April 2016, the final full month of Boris Johnson’s mayoralty.
London Assembly Members have joined forces to vote against Sadiq Khan’s proposal to take away the Congestion Charge exemption from private hire vehicles (PHVs).
Members voted on a motion which urged the Mayor to scrap the policy on Thursday afternoon, which was passed by 16 to 3.
Critics say that the policy would fail to reduce congestion and is only being pursued to plug the deficit in the transport budget.
The Mayor's own figures show that the change would reduce the number of PHVs in the Congestion Charge zone by only 600 a day – with the total traffic in the area falling by a meagre 1 percent.
Fares could rise by 16 percent, as operators would have to cover the cost of paying the Congestion Charge.
The analysis also shows that the move could raise up to £30 million per year, which could help to fill the Mayor's almost £1 billion black hole in the transport budget.
A new report has said that Sadiq Khan would be able to spend millions more on employing new police officers if he invested in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Met Police.
Artificial Intelligence: A New Era in Policing shows how investing in the new tech would save the Met £30m – enough to employ 545 new police officers.
AI, which is the ability of a computer to think and learn like a human, has been used abroad to help police solve crimes more quickly and free up resources for front-line policing.
By cutting the bloated Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), the report says Khan could free up the some of the money he would need for the AI investment.
With many high-profile rape trials collapsing because of disclosure and digital evidence failings, the report says AI would also help police officers to analyse evidence more quickly. Having the ability to learn, reason and classify means that AI programmes can be used to identify relevant data – saving time and resources.
It can currently take hours for police officers to adequately analyse the increasing amount of digital evidence; in one case taking police officers 630 hours to review the content of three complainants’ mobile phones and Facebook accounts.