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Sadiq Khan

  • Mayor of London

Mayor of London, elected in 2016 and former MP for Tooting.


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Petitioning Westminster City Council, Sadiq Khan

Don’t let the Duke of Westminster demolish our homes!

We are the residents of Cundy Street and Walden House and we need your help!  The property group Grosvenor, owned by the Duke of Westminster, wants to demolish our homes. This will destroy our community and uproot us from our homes.  The Duke of Westminster owns more land than the Queen. He is the richest landlord in the UK with an estimated wealth of £9 billion, which at the age of 28 makes him the richest person under 30 in the world. He does not need to do this to us. We are a community that have been living in this area for over 40 years. Young families who have children that attend the local church school, elderly residents that should not be worried about losing their homes but rather be enjoying their retirement, single parents, and families that have been living here for generations. We are a community, we live amongst friends and family and now face the possibility of having our community fragmented and destroyed.  Walden House is owned by Grosvenor, but historically has been leased to Westminster Council for council housing provision. Grosvenor are now cancelling the lease and plan to demolish the building. The Cundy Street flats are a mixture of affordable and market rent accommodation next to Walden House. Many of the residents are elderly and have lived in the area their whole lives. These too will be knocked down. We are facing homelessness and the break up of our community. We will not be able to afford similar housing in the area.  There is nothing wrong with these beautiful buildings - Grosvenor just want to make more money. This is simply about putting profit before people. This is valuable land, and we are seen as getting in the way of building high-rise luxury investment flats.  Please help us save this wonderful corner of London and our community.  We call on Grosvenor and Westminster City Council to cancel the plans to demolish Cundy Street Flats and Walden House.

Cundy & Walden Street
215,524 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP

Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.

Globally, we throw away 500 million straws a day and according to PlasticOceans.org, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans yearly. Plastic cutlery and straws have an incredibly short usage time, yet take several 100 years to break down and decompose when they end up in our oceans. No marine species are safe from the toxic impact of the plastic that is heavily polluting our oceans. Straws and cutlery often end up in the digestive systems and in the noses and throats of our marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling species of fish and marine mammals. Multiple studies have also shown that we too are consuming the plastic fragments ingested by fish. Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway are giants in their fields. They have the power to lead the way in industry-wide change when it comes to the wasteful and toxic throwing away of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic DAILY. When they make the change, others will be encouraged to follow. If smaller, independent coffee and fast-food stores are able to use paper straws and biodegradable alternatives to plastic cutlery, huge companies like Starbucks and McDonald's most definitely can too. It is thought that if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 our oceans could hold more plastic than they do fish. We have to make a change NOW. 

Kirstie Brittain
169,279 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

London needs an urgent plan to end knife & gun crime. Take action now!

Growing up in the forgotten areas of East London, some of my closest childhood friends have either been stabbed or involved in the stabbing of someone else. I felt powerless back then. I thought I was too young and ill-equipped to really do anything that could make a difference. Violent crime is making headlines right now, but for me has always been there. Such violence was the norm growing up and it shouldn’t have been. A decade after leaving secondary school, the problem is still there, and terrifyingly the data says that the problem is growing. The night before I wrote this (5/4/18) six people were stabbed in London in 90 minutes. Seeing the recent increase in violence and murders around London shows  that not enough has been done to improve the lives of the forgotten people in our city. This is not just a London issue, violent crime is affecting many other cities in the UK. It feels like to those in power, some people’s lives don’t mean as much.  Another death from knife or gun crime is treated as “just another statistic” and in doing so some are desensitized to the real meaning or gravity of another person's death and the direct impact these crimes have on the lives of a victim's family or the indirect impact it has on our society as a whole. It feels like authorities have forgotten the people dying are people’s brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, colleagues, cousins, friends. Victims like Iuliana Tudos, Kwabena Nelson, Leyla Mtumwa are real people who have had their lives stolen from them. After the sharp rise in acid attacks last year, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd produced an urgent action plan to tackle the problem. Right now, it is knife and gun crime in London that is killing and destroying people’s lives, we urgently need the authorities to step up and produce a similar plan to tackle it. It doesn’t feel like the Mayor’s Office or the Home Office are doing anything to help. And I have had enough. I have started this petition to urge Sadiq Khan and Amber Rudd to work together, and produce an urgent action plan for how they are going to stop stabbings and gun crime in our capital. This week Sadiq Khan has been using the hashtag #LondonNeedsYouAlive. If he really believes that I want to see him produce some urgent, concrete solutions. Please join me by signing this petition. Together we can make our voices heard. #LondonNeedsUSalive

Alexander Aina
124,880 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Sadiq Khan

Lee Sibley ‘SACK Sadiq Khan as London Mayor’

Sadiq Khan is a ‘controversial’ mayor and the worst we have ever seen. with his recent comments on Trump It’s very worrying to see London mayor having an agenda on a Person he has never met before. khan said its ‘unbritish’ to roll our a red carpet this could be interpreted as a ‘racists comment’ for many reasons depending on how people sees it. hes also offensive and disrespectful and dangerous in the comments he has made. he also gave permission to fly the immature baby blimp of President Donald Trump again which is totally offensive. he has also done a bad job on crime and said its part of the parcel living in a big city. hes damaging our relationship and democracy. its time he’s sacked by the people. A lot of people are concerned about crime which has increased to: * Rape up 18% * Theft up 34%  * Homicide up 27%  * Burgarly up 19%  * Gun crime up 16% * Knife crime up 31% * Youth Homicide up 70% Is this a future you want? the only way to reduce crime is to sack Sadiq Khan who has said its part of parcel and hasn’t condemn any violence and is always in-denial. He’s very childish when it comes to relationships with the United States and it’s President Donald Trump. Because, Sadiq Khan says he’s like a baby � this is ignorance and a lack of respect. London, does not stand for this. sadiq Khan fails to make crime fall as since he’s been mayor people are always being killed and feeling unsafe on the streets of London. Which is why many people have signed my petition due to the fact they are really concerned he is failing on what he promised. Mr Khan is also blamed for the increase ‘knife crime’ and rather than being unwelcome to the president and treating those who are Brexiteers are appalling. nobody, no longer feels safe in the great city of London. Liam Gallagher has criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan for his response to London’s knife crimeepidemic, claiming that he is fearful for the safety of his children. “Every morning you wake up there’s some 16-year-old being knifed to death and that,” the former Oasisfrontman told BBC Breakfast. “I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers. I’d have a word with that mayor – he seems to not be doing a good job, all them kids getting knifed and all that.” Referencing Khan’s official campaign to celebrate the capital’s diversity, Gallagher continued: “The only thing that ever comes out of his mouth is, ‘London is open’. What, open for knife crime and dying and stuff?” a lot of famous people are also calling Khan out for his lack of morals and his incompetent and immature and ignorant behaviour. he does not stand for London nor does he represent them. this is out capital and he’s causing divisions. He gets a big salary off £143,911 which a lot of people would love the chance to have and funny how he has security and does not care about anyone. He could donate this money to ��‍♀️ Then, he got rid most of the police in London which is why the crime has increased considerably. This unintelligent comments London mayor Sadiq Khan calls President Donald Trump ‘6ft 3 child’ made by mayor is unnaceptable and spewing hatred and should be sacked. He also described President as ‘poster boy for racists’ this is totally unnaceptable and unnecessary that the mayor wants to savage our relationship and is a deluded and absurd man! these comments made by him could lead to hatred and violence. He really contradicts himself.  He also joked to ask whether people got their phones on and if the President has tweeted. Everyone, fed up with this vile and hatred and disgusting human being who has so much anger. It’s really worrying to see since he is the mayor of our great capital. im asking you alongside everyone who signed to sack the disgrace Mayor who represents no one apart from himself. hes also incompetent when comes down to crime and so much more...... Another, reason Sadiq Khan should be sacked is he no longer represent the people of London our great capital. He unwelcome the president which is our closest ally. He also has a biased opinion and despite the fact he should stay out of the government business, makes you wonder how he treats his constituents. SADIQ KHAN’S single greatest failure as the Mayor of London has been revealed by Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who insisted the "situation will not change" under his leadership. Even now other people have basically said Mr Khan is ‘Inept’ and nothing will change as long as he will be our mayor.  This is why he needs to be removed office as the people are losing faith and thousands people from London mostly signed my petition and they have complained about the way he had done things badly. “Sadiq Khan's record as London Mayor has been marked by rising knife crime across the capital and a very public spat with President Donald Trump. But, Shaun Bailey, who will be competing against Mr Khan in next year’s mayoral election, told Express.co.uk that he felt Mr Khan’s greatest failure had been an all-encompassing lack of leadership. He said: “Crime has demonstrated that he’s shown no kind of leadership in London at all. And we really need that leadership right now.” He also spent all of his time trying to blame others whilst not owning up to the fact he has poor communication and poor leadership. So then we know the situation won’t change as long as he is mayor. In London your always hearing on the news there’s knife attacks, there’s attacks of all sorts and yet you continue to let him hold office. But he never condemns on TV and keeps-very quiet while there people who had kids and feel unsafe. Because of Khans divisions people feel unwelcome to visit London for many reasons such as the dramatic decrease of police. Sadiq has also not delivered on all the promises he made which makes him inept. Mr Khan has defended his record and blamed Government cuts for the rise in crime in London. A spokesman said: "Knife and violent crime is slowing in the capital, but Sadiq is absolutely clear that it remains unacceptably high - across the country - as a direct consequence of the crippling cuts the Government has made to the police and preventative services since 2010." Mr Khan blames everyone else apart from himself he never takes any sort of responsibility for the mistakes he has made.   His record is a catastrophe which we are demanding democratic you sack him otherwise the problem will get worse.   I could says paragraphs more but will keep very short....

Lee Sibley
110,634 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

Stop Mayor Khan's ULEZ zone extension to the North & South Circular roads in London

The extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular Roads will price working Londoners off the roads !! Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North & South Circular roads will mean anyone OUTSIDE the zone will have to pay : £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes; £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs ,to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year..OUTER LONDON IS RESIDENTIAL & should NOT be subject to the ULEZ !!  The ULEZ standards are: Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles So if you own a petrol car older than Jan 2005 (Euro 4 ) you will have to pay : If you own a motorcycle non Euro 3 compliant or first registered before July 2007 you will have to pay  If you own a diesel car not Euro 6 compliant (registered before Sept 2014 ) you will have to pay . A stealth tax & NOTHING to do with air pollution !! Also what steps have Transport for London taken to cope with the already struggling bus , tube & train services ??ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !! THIS IS JUST THE START ..Mayor Khan plans to extend the ULEZ zone still further up to the M25 !! EVEN IF YOU LIVE NOWHERE NEAR LONDON PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BECAUSE : ONCE THIS IS PASSED IN LONDON IT WILL BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN/CITY , TRUST ME !! 

John Wyszomierski
110,027 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Naheed Nenshi, John Tory, Jim Watson, Barack Obama, Amnesty International Australia, Human Rights Campaign, United Nations Security Council, Human Rights Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, ...

Free Ahed Tamimi

My name is Nasri Akil from Toronto, Canada. I started this campaign to support" Ahed Tamimi", her mother "Mariam", her cousin "Nur" and the other kids detained by the evil hands of the Zionists of the fake state of Israel. In a desperate hope to get enough signature to put pressure on decision makers to do something about the constant twisted detention of Palestinian kids. In turn this will expose the evil of the zionists and pressure the international community. I would like to mention here that this petition has nothing to do with race or religion or ethnicity. It's pure right against wrong. Zionism is not Judaism. Judaism is a religion not a race. Many Jews are not Zionists. Most Zionists are not Jews. Many Zionists hate Jews. Opposition to Israel is NOT anti-Semitism. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was arrested ( kidnapped actually ) by Israeli forces in the middle of the night. Since she was a young child, she has been active in weekly demonstrations against Israel’s theft of her family’s land in occupied Nabi Saleh. But as Tamimi stands against Israeli occupation, she underscores: whenever a people face oppression, we must show solidarity. Israeli soldiers shot Ahed Tamimi's relative in the head, leaving the teenage boy in a coma, and then invaded her family home. She demanded that the occupying Israeli soldiers leave her property immediately, shouting "don't touch me" and "leave!" Now she's in Israeli military detention, where 75% of Palestinian children report assault. Ahed is a child, and like thousands of Palestinian children she could be humiliated and abused if we don't get her out fast. She has become another child statistic of the countless other children detained illegally in Israel. Her court date is December 25th, 2017. She was taken into question at the Moscobiyeh prison, notorious for it's dungeon cell, torture tactics fully utilized on children, and extensive harassment. She was put in isolation, left in an icy cell, without proper food. In fives days she was moved three times. Why? To exhaust and break her.  When her mother arrived to be there with her, she too was arrested.  We demand that Ahed and all Palestinian children are released from Israeli prisons now.  The international community must put an end to the ill-treatment and detention of Palestinian children. Enough is enough.  Ahed Tamimi represent all the innocent kids in the Isareli detention and represent the Palestinians struggle against the illegal occupation of Palestine. Since 1967, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israeli military law, which fails to ensure and denies basic and fundamental rights, is applied to the whole Palestinian population. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees. Since 2000, at least 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted in an Israeli military detention system notorious for the systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children. Around 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system each year. The majority of Palestinian child detainees are charged with throwing stones, and three out of four experience physical violence during arrest, transfer or interrogation. Unlike Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian children are not accompanied by a parent and are generally interrogated without the benefit of legal advice, or being informed of their right. They are overwhelmingly accused of throwing stones, an offense that can lead to a potential maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years depending on a child’s age. AHED TAMIMI will go to trial on Christmas Day for slapping an Israeli soldier, illegally trespassing on her property, the day after her 15-year-old cousin was shot in the face. In December 2011, Mustafa Tamimi was killed during a protest in the village when an Israeli soldier shot him in the face with a tear gas canister. One year later, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Rashadi Tamimi in the village. One wonders why the "slap" is the Crime? I decided to do something about it and start with what I can. So that's why I am here asking you to help me help Ahed, her family and all the other kids. I also started a fund raising campaign on "GoFundMe" hoping to raise enough money to hire as many legal advisors to support Ahed and the others legaly in the court and get some justice. I mean enough is enough...I can't sleep I can't eat and these kids are experiencing all of that twist. Someone must do something. This is not right. This is not humanity. We cannot make this acceptable by doing nothing.  I earnestly ask that at the very least, we make some noise in support of Ahed Tamimi and the other children that are held prisoners with no charge, no defense, all in violation of international laws.   She is one, but we are many. It takes a united front to add pressure, to induce accountability and hopefully give freedom to the oppressed, weak and innocent.  To Ahed and all the children in Israeli jails: We stand by your side, and are holding you in our hearts. We will not give up until you are free. You are not alone. As a wise man ounce said: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible" Sign. Support. Make Noise. Add Pressure. Be Human.  what if Ahed was your daughter, sister or just a friend? What would you do?

Nasri Akil
68,477 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

Zero tolerance on Islamic extremists

I am just a normal British member of the public, mother and Early Years Manager. In recent months here has been a drive to incorporate British Values into our children's learning from nursery school right through to adulthood. As early years educators we are also having to attend Radicalisation/Channel/Prevent Duty and Safeguarding training. This is all very well and good and I know we have to all be aware and look out for any warning signs and report them but when neighbours don't even recognise that their neighbours are terrorists it is clear they are far more clever in disguising their true intentions. As Theresa has said everyone plays a part and we all have to come together to address the situation we now find ourselves. However, it is also clear we have thousands of people living in this country who are radicalised and are continuing to plot barbaric attacks on our people. What is concerning is that many of these people are known to our counter terrorist unit so it is clear we do not have the resources to watch each and everyone of these people. This surely means there is always a high threat that some will slip through the net and continue to kill and traumatise the British public. I am no expert in politics but for me a mum of three and a concerned member of the public can we surely not say together that it should now be a zero tolerance in any extremism behaviour and anyone displaying such behaviour whether they've committed a crime yet or not should be imprisoned or moved out of our country?!? We cannot continue as we are. This is Great Britain and if people do not respect and follow our values they should not be free to live here, claim our benefits and mix with our innocent children. We need to stand for zero tolerance and get our country back to being a safe place to live in for all our true British citizens and the children of our future. If we want to Keep Britain British and Great then we can not allow it to be taken over by these Barbarians. 

Lisa Sutton
47,685 supporters
Give uber licence to operate

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the recent decision by Transport for London (TfL) not to renew Uber London Limited’s (Uber) licence. As you are aware, on 25 November, TfL concluded it would not grant Uber a new private hire operator’s licence. The Mayor did not have a role in the decision. It was an independent regulatory decision taken by TfL. Safety is TfL's number one priority. While Uber has made changes and improvements since the Chief Magistrate granted it a temporary licence in June 2018, TfL has identified a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk. The Mayor has said that he supports the decision taken by TfL. He shares TfL’s absolute priority of keeping Londoners safe and was concerned to find out that 14,000 Uber journeys have involved fraudulent drivers uploading their photos to other driver accounts. This potentially put passengers at risk of getting into cars with unlicensed and suspended drivers. At this stage, TfL cannot be confident that Uber has the robust processes in place to prevent another serious safety breach in the future. The Mayor knows that this decision may be unpopular with Uber users, but their safety has to be the paramount concern. While he is fully supportive of innovative companies operating in London, there are regulations in place to keep Londoners safe and these must be adhered to by everyone. Fully complying with TfL’s strict standards is essential if private hire operators want a licence to operate in London. Uber has submitted an appeal against the licensing decision, and the company can continue to operate pending the appeal and throughout the appeals process. As happened in 2017, Uber may again seek to implement changes prior to the appeal hearing to demonstrate to a magistrate that it is fit and proper at the time of the appeal. TfL will continue to closely scrutinise the private hire operator, including the need for Uber to meet the 20 conditions set by TfL in September 2019, and particular attention will be paid to ensuring that the management has robust controls in place to manage changes to the app so that passenger safety is not put at risk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Save Uber London 2019

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Uber London Limited (Uber) and the recent decision by Transport for London (TfL) not to renew Uber’s licence. As you are aware, on 25 November, TfL concluded it would not grant Uber a new private hire operator’s licence. The Mayor did not have a role in the decision. It was an independent regulatory decision taken by TfL. Safety is TfL's number one priority. While Uber has made changes and improvements since the Chief Magistrate granted it a temporary licence in June 2018, TfL has identified a pattern of failures by the company including several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk. The Mayor has said that he supports the decision taken by TfL. He shares TfL’s absolute priority of keeping Londoners safe and was concerned to find out that 14,000 Uber journeys have involved fraudulent drivers uploading their photos to other driver accounts. This potentially put passengers at risk of getting into cars with unlicensed and suspended drivers. At this stage, TfL cannot be confident that Uber has the robust processes in place to prevent another serious safety breach in the future. The Mayor knows that this decision may be unpopular with Uber users, but their safety has to be the paramount concern. While he is fully supportive of innovative companies operating in London, there are regulations in place to keep Londoners safe and these must be adhered to by everyone. Fully complying with TfL’s strict standards is essential if private hire operators want a licence to operate in London. Uber has submitted an appeal against the licensing decision, and the company can continue to operate pending the appeal and throughout the appeals process. As happened in 2017, Uber may again seek to implement changes prior to the appeal hearing to demonstrate to a magistrate that it is fit and proper at the time of the appeal. TfL will continue to closely scrutinise the private hire operator, including the need for Uber to meet the 20 conditions set by TfL in September 2019, and particular attention will be paid to ensuring that the management has robust controls in place to manage changes to the app so that passenger safety is not put at risk. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Help us start a boot camp to protect our youths of today

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about using boot camps to protect young people from the effects of violent crime. Like you, the Mayor is also concerned about the increase in knife crime and other violence in London. The Mayor’s first priority is to keep Londoners safe and he has made tackling violence a key priority. He has been clear that the levels of violence, which have risen in London and around the country since 2014, are too high. Every life lost to violence is a tragedy and every injury has serious impacts, both for those affected and London’s wider communities. Unfortunately, the Government has made the fight against knife crime increasingly difficult by giving less money to the police and allowing police numbers to drop so significantly. While new investment in policing is much needed and very welcome, the Mayor is clear that enforcement is just one element of the efforts to cut serious violence. In addition to cuts to the police, Government cuts to preventative services such as youth services, community groups, education and probation have reversed decades of progress in tackling the root causes of violent offending by young people. The reversal in cuts to policing must go hand in hand with a reversal in the cuts to preventative services if we are to achieve a lasting reduction in violence. As a result of Government cuts, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has had to save more than £850 million since 2013-14, resulting in officer numbers falling to a level not seen since 2003. The Mayor has done everything he can to support the MPS, taking difficult decisions including increasing the police share of council tax by the maximum amount permissible in law and moving money from business rates into policing. Thanks to these decisions, he has been able to invest a further £234 million in policing, enabling the recruitment of an extra 1,300 officers that would have otherwise not been afforded. However, with the vast majority of police funding provided by the Government, the Mayor cannot close the funding gap caused by the Government’s austerity programme alone. Since his election in 2016, he has lobbied intensively for the Government to reverse its police cuts and properly fund the MPS. Therefore, he has welcomed the Prime Minister’s agreement that the Government’s police cuts were a mistake, and the announcement of plans to support the recruitment of 20,000 police officers nationally to partially reverse these cuts. The Mayor agrees with the Commissioner that London needs 6,000 of these officers. He has written to the Home Secretary seeking clarification that the MPS will receive the 6,000 officers, and that these officers are in addition to the 1,300 officers being funded by City Hall. He has also sought urgent clarification that all 20,000 additional officers will be split between the territorial police forces. While the National Crime Agency, Counter Terrorism Policing and other national agencies require investment, it is crucial that all these additional officers are for frontline policing. Despite the Government cuts, the Mayor has established a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and is providing £15 million annually to support its operation. The task force enables the MPS to be even more proactive on the streets of the capital, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality. Violence is still at very serious levels, but since the VCTF was launched in April 2018, the command has carried out 12,323 weapons sweeps, recovered 1,367 knives, 906 offensive weapons and arrested 7,739 suspects. Over the same period, wider activity across the MPS targeting violence has seen 60,812 weapon sweeps carried out, 4,448 knives recovered along with 2,137 offensive weapons. The Mayor has also created the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime, make the most of our amazing city. The Mayor’s investment of £45 million into the Young Londoners Fund will enable children and young people to fulfil their potential, through a range of education, sport, cultural and other activities. The fund will see £30 million made available for projects in local communities. The remaining £15 million is being invested to expand existing projects funded by City Hall that support young Londoners. So far, 179 projects have been awarded funding. These include activities ranging from theatre groups and employability training to football clubs and art sessions. For further information please see: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/young-londoners/mayors-young-londoners-fund. As well as this, the Mayor has committed over £7 million to fund the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The VRU brings together specialists in health, youth and social services to lead a long-term public health approach to tackle the causes of violent crime. The VRU looks to build on Glasgow’s success, scaling up an approach that has worked in a city with a population of 600,000 people to a capital with over 9 million. A further £3.4 million will be spent on other anti-violence initiatives, for example making the successful ‘Information Sharing to Tackle Violence’ pilot permanent. This develops more effective data sharing and uses data from A&E departments to develop strategies to tackle violence. The Mayor’s ongoing social media campaign, LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA, raises awareness of the consequences of knife crime and provides reassurance and advice for people who are concerned about someone’s involvement in knife crime. A toolkit has been developed for schools, colleges, community groups, parents and others to make use of the campaign’s materials. More information can be found at: www.london.gov.uk/content/london-needs-you-alive. With regard to your specific suggestions about giving young people direct experience of prison environments and seeing first-hand the consequences of fatal attacks, the Mayor is committed to using the best available evidence to make a difference to those at risk of being drawn in to violence and offending. The evidence on programmes that have exposed young people to prisons or prisoners, or confronted them with the injuries caused, shows that these approaches are not proven to reduce the future risk of violence and offending and can even increase this risk for certain groups. An example of this evidence can be found through the link below, and there is also a link to a recent summary of what is shown to make a difference in this area: https://whatworks.college.police.uk/toolkit/Pages/Intervention.aspx?InterventionID=2 https://whatworks.college.police.uk/About/News/Pages/Knife-crime.aspx The causes of violence are complicated, and there is no one simple solution. Progress will come from a combination of tough enforcement by the police and interventions to help people make better life choices and turn away from crime. I hope that this provides some reassurance that these issues are taken extremely seriously, and that we are committed to looking at all options to make London an even safer place for everyone. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Band metropolitan police use of tasers on children

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the police use of taser. The use of force by police is an operational decision and as such is the responsibility of the Commissioner. She determines the training and equipment provided to officers, she does this clearly within the confines of the law. The Mayor has the duty to oversee this and to challenge decisions taken, testing them and ensuring that there is openness, transparency and accountability. All use of force by police officers must be justified in writing and submitted to supervisors, and this can be, and often is, scrutinised through the independent complaints process and/or through the courts. Should you wish to do so, or if you are still in contact with the person you saw being tasered and you feel that the use of force by the officer(s) was excessive you, or the person subject to the taser, should make a complaint to the police. It will then be subject to rigorous and thorough investigation. The excessive use of force by police officers is unacceptable to the Mayor, the Commissioner, and all members of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Taser use by the police has also always been subject to an additional layer of scrutiny, and this has now extended, since April 2017, to all occasions when force is used by police officers. Officers must complete a form to capture the circumstances surrounding the use. The form helps to ensure that the use of force is justified, the officer is accountable, and importantly that leaders within the MPS can look at the bigger picture, identify trends, and ensure that learning is extracted from the data to protect those subject to force and to reduce the risks faced by officers. It is a sad fact that far too many officers are subjected to violent assaults as they go about their duty. Last year about 31,000 officers were assaulted in London alone. This is totally unacceptable. The data on the use of force is regularly published by the MPS and by the Home Office. This is not to mention that since the Mayor took office there has been the largest rollout of body worn video to police officers in the world, around 22,000 sets. This means that should concerns be raised, in the vast majority of cases video evidence from these body worn cameras can be scrutinised to establish what occurred. The Mayor, and particularly through the work of the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden, has regular oversight and senior officers are held to account for the performance of the MPS. A regular focus of this scrutiny is the use of force, and in particular careful attention is given to occasions when force is used on young or old people, and any disproportionality is widely explored. The data shows that lower levels of force, such as the compliant use of handcuffs, account for the vast majority of occasions when force is used. In the majority of cases the act of unholstering the taser, or the ‘red dotting’ of an individual, (indicating the taser is aimed at a person) is sufficient to gain compliance, enabling the police officer to secure the individual without the application of force. In numerical terms, taser accounts for about 4% of the cases where police officers use force. Within this 4% – that is about 9,000 cases in the last 12 months – the taser was actually fired 822 times. Meaning that in more than 9 out 10 occasions the mere threat of a taser brings about compliance with no actual force applied. With regard to age, use of force against those under 18, amounts to about 13% of all occasions. The older ages within this age range account for the vast majority of such applications of force. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 days ago
Get the Tottenham Hale Link Bridge built NOW!

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the Hale Village link bridge in Tottenham. The Mayor shares your frustration and wants to see a solution, agreed to by all parties, that benefits the Tottenham Hale community. The redevelopment of Tottenham Hale station, which includes the new integrated ticket hall and a link to Hale Village, is being delivered jointly by Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail (NR). The most recent passenger forecasts indicate that many more people will be using the station than was originally predicted. As a result, the complexity and cost of delivering the link bridge has risen considerably. TfL has offered to part-fund the link bridge but cannot fund the scheme in its entirety. The Deputy Mayor for Transport and the Leader of the London Borough of Haringey recently wrote to the Minister of State for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris, and the Chair of Network Rail to seek a funding commitment. Both have subsequently advised that no further funding will be made available. The Deputy Mayor for Transport will continue to press the Department for Transport and NR to match TfL’s investment. Should these continued efforts not prove successful, TfL and Haringey officers have begun to investigate alternative options for providing the necessary pedestrian connectivity in this area. This includes potential works to improve Ferry Lane Bridge for all users, with a primary focus on walking and cycling, and improvements to the look and feel of the surrounding area. TfL and Haringey officers will continue to meet with you and other community representatives through the community liaison panel meetings, to keep you up to date on the outcome of these discussions and the progress of work to transform the station. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 days ago
Protect pedestrians and cyclists with a safer Catford Road

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Catford Road. The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) were deeply saddened by the tragedy in Catford on 30 October and all our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died. TfL is also aware of the collision that happened nearby the previous day and is assisting the police investigations into both incidents. It is unacceptable that anyone should lose their life on London’s roads. The Mayor’s Vision Zero approach drives our commitment to eliminating all death or serious injuries from London’s roads by 2041. Last year, as part of Vision Zero, TfL introduced a commitment to “Go Look See” at the site of every fatal collision that happens on its road network. During these visits, engineers, road danger reduction and borough officers carry out observations of the condition and layout of the road and look for any road user behaviour that may have been a contributory factor. This process is not part of the formal investigation but helps capture recommendations for action. TfL visited the site in Catford on 4 November, alongside Lewisham Council officers. As an immediate response, TfL is considering whether interim safety measures such as improved signage, improved maintenance of the subway and renewals of the yellow box junction at the junction of Ravensbourne Park would be purposeful. In the medium-term, as you state in your petition, TfL is working with Lewisham Council on a scheme to reduce road danger in Catford town centre as part of the borough’s Masterplan for Catford. Proposals for the scheme include segregated cycle lanes, new pedestrian crossings and realignment of the South Circular (A205). Design options are now being developed and TfL plans to consult on proposals in 2020 in line with the public consultation for Lewisham Council’s Masterplan. TfL is currently investigating how delivery of the scheme could be brought forward. The fatality on 30 October took place just outside of the area that is currently in scope for the town centre scheme. However, in light of this tragedy, TfL and Lewisham will review the scope of their joint work to see if it can include the junction of Catford Road with the junction of Ravensbourne Park to ensure proposals are fit for purpose and implemented as quickly as possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 month ago
We want to have FOLD’s license reinstated.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about FOLD’s licence. As you may be aware, Newham Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee held a hearing on 15 November 2019 and the licensing suspension was lifted with immediate effect. This has allowed FOLD to continue putting on events. The Night Czar and the Culture at Risk office at City Hall have been in contact with the venue, Newham Council and the Metropolitan Police about this matter, which involves a serious ongoing criminal investigation. There will be a full hearing of Newham Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee this evening, 4 December 2019, at Newham Town Hall, East Ham, E6 2RP. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Ban ALL combustible materials on our homes, irrespective of height

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the banning of combustible materials on buildings irrespective of height. The Mayor does not have the power to change building regulations as the responsibility to ensure homes are safe lies with the national Building Regulations, however, the Mayor is continuously using the powers he does have to contribute to the safety of Londoners. This is demonstrated through the major changes implemented by the Mayor to the London Development Panel 2 (LDP2) which is a framework of developers, house builders, contractors and Registered Providers used to select builders to develop new homes on public land. The Mayor is taking important steps to ensure future buildings he commissions via LDP2 are of the highest standards of fire safety. As such, new developments will be required to have Automatic Water Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS) in all purpose-built blocks of flats (including conversions, student accommodation and hotels), buildings housing vulnerable residents such as care homes or sheltered accommodation, and all schools and buildings/conversions of any type that are of 18m in height or more. In addition, all new buildings or conversions of existing buildings built under LDP2 will be required to comply with the Government’s ban on combustible materials and this will apply regardless of their height. Finally, the Mayor also ensured that all new buildings/conversions of existing buildings include water supplies for firefighting in accordance with Water UK’s national guidance document. The Government is in the process of reforming Building Regulations and the processes around how homes are built and managed safely, and the Mayor has been actively engaged in shaping these proposals. You can see the Mayor’s responses in the following link: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/housing-and-land/housing-and-land-publications/responses-and-correspondence-building-regulations-and-fire-safety. The Mayor has made it clear that the Government’s ban on combustible materials should be extended to cover all buildings of all heights as seen in his responses found in the link above. The Mayor will continue to lobby central Government to extend the combustible materials ban to all buildings regardless of height or use. Resident safety is paramount, and he will be pushing Government to take all action necessary to make homes safe. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Let’s Stop TfL's proposed development of the car parks at Arnos Grove Station

Dear Petitioner, Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to develop the car park at Arnos Grove station. In response to the capital’s housing crisis, and as one of London’s largest landowners, TfL is striving to build homes that Londoners desperately need. It is bringing forward thousands of homes on dozens of sites across London at locations in close proximity to the transport network, which is where people want to live and are the most sustainable sites to develop. This proposal at Arnos Grove is a fantastic opportunity to deliver around 150 rental homes, 40 per cent of which will be affordable, while generating significant ongoing revenue to reinvest into the transport network. TfL and its partner Grainger plc are also seeking to deliver a new public square, cycle parking and other local improvements through the redevelopment. The exact tenure mix of the affordable housing provision is decided in collaboration with Enfield Council, but it will include a mixture of affordable housing products including Discount Market Rent and rent at London Living Rent levels. It is Mayoral policy that both of these rented products should be affordable to households on incomes of up to £60,000. Priority will be given to those who live or work in the borough, and TfL and Grainger are discussing with the Council how nominations could potentially be prioritised to particular groups in housing need including those on the Council’s waiting list or key workers. The homes that are not designated affordable will be leased at appropriate-market rent levels, which is based on the average rent of the area. These homes will be accessible to a wide range of local people, providing the choice of a quality, well managed ‘mid-market’ rental product that will assist in meeting the housing need in the local area. TfL has carried out surveys and research into how the car park at Arnos Grove is currently used. This survey data shows that 54 per cent of people using the station are driving from outside of Enfield. It also shows that the vast majority have alternative forms of public transport available to them and many live within walking distance of another London underground or national rail station. There is currently a Controlled Parking Zone in effect around Arnos Grove station, which operates between 11am and midday, preventing commuter parking in neighbouring streets. From data modelling and comparing this to similar developments, TfL and Grainger believe that the development could reduce the number of car journeys in the area by up to 850 trips each day, thereby reducing congestion and improving air quality in the local area. Respecting the character and appearance of the local area and the Grade II* listed station building is hugely important to TfL and it has driven the architectural response to the site. TfL will continue to consult with Enfield Council’s heritage team, Historic England, the 20th Century Society and local interest groups to ensure the development complements the heritage of the area. TfL recently held a second round of engagement with the local community to hear and understand local people’s priorities and aspirations for their area. TfL is currently analysing the feedback and will update local people and elected representatives of its proposals in the New Year. For further information, or to provide feedback please visit: https://www.givemyview.com/arnosgrove. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Stop the reduction of peak time central line service from Epping, Theydon Bois and Debden.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted to the Change.org website about the changes to the Central line timetable. Transport for London (TfL) is investing £380m to upgrade Central line trains by replacing their motors, onboard computers, lighting and passenger information systems, as well as creating more space for wheelchair users. This work is essential in order to ensure that the Central line continues to operate reliably. As part of this programme, TfL will also install CCTV on all Central line trains, as part of their wider work to keep Londoners safe on our transport network. The scale of this upgrade programme means TfL is unable to make the necessary improvements to each train during overnight engineering hours and will need to operate with a slightly reduced fleet while these works are carried out. This is why TfL is introducing a new timetable on 26 January 2020. This will ensure all customers continue to receive a regular and reliable service, while enabling more trains on the busiest section of the Central line. The new timetable means there will be a small reduction in morning and evening peak services at Debden, Theydon Bois and Epping stations – from eleven to nine trains per hour at Debden, and ten down to eight at Epping. TfL and I do appreciate that this is disappointing for customers at these stations, and TfL has tried to minimise the scale of these reductions. TfL’s assessments show there will be sufficient capacity for all passengers to board the trains at these stations. As part of the new timetable, TfL will introduce a train service that acts as a shuttle between Woodford and Hainault, replacing some of the current eight car trains that operate between these stations with four car trains. As they do today, trains will continue to run approximately every 20 minutes, meaning trains will serve these stations as frequently as they do now. On average, trains between Woodford and Hainault run at just 15 per cent of their capacity during peak periods. Therefore, when there are four car trains, all customers will continue to be able to comfortably board the train. Currently three trains run from Hainault via Woodford through to central London each weekday morning, and these will continue as eight car trains under the new timetable. Despite operating with a slightly reduced fleet while these vital upgrade works are being carried out, TfL will be introducing the following increase in services on the busiest section of the Central line, between Leytonstone and White City: • Monday to Friday 06:00 - 07:00, from 15 to 18 trains per hour • Monday to Saturday 22:00 - 23:00 from 19 to 24 trains per hour • Sunday 15:15 -19:15 from 22 to 24 trains per hour These changes will benefit over 100,000 passengers each day, compared to about 15,000 passengers who will experience a reduction in train frequency, or are required to change trains at Hainault. TfL will continue to provide customers with further information about these changes ahead of the launch of the new timetable, via email updates and meet the Manager sessions at affected stations. TfL constantly reviews its timetables in order to deliver the best possible service for as many passengers as possible and will monitor the impact of these upcoming changes. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago