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Sadiq Khan

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

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Save Your Uber in London

TfL and their chairman, the Mayor of London, announced last week that they have decided not to renew Uber’s Operator Licence when it expires on 30th September. By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and their chairman the Mayor have given in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London. The 3.5 million Londoners who rely on Uber to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride around the best city in the world will be astounded by the decision to ban Uber from the capital. This ban shows the world that London is far from being open and is closed to innovative companies, who bring choice to consumers and work opportunities to those who need them. Safety is of the highest importance and drivers who use Uber are licensed by Transport for London and have been through the same enhanced background checks as black cab drivers. Our pioneering technology has gone further to enhance safety with every trip tracked and recorded by GPS. To defend the livelihoods of 40,000 drivers - and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners - sign this petition asking to reverse the decision to ban Uber in London. #SaveYourUber

Uber London
857,371 supporters
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, 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
159,668 supporters
Petitioning Department for Communities and Local Government, Theresa May MP, Alok Sharma, home office, Sadiq Khan

Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe

As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours.  I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting.  We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time.  A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives.  An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker.  It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline.  Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families.  We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives. 

John Tyson
125,456 supporters
Petitioning home office, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP, David Cameron MP, David Lammy, Emma Dent MP

Get Grenfell Tower victim's parents to the UK

After the horrific inferno fire that engulfed the residents of Grenfell Tower Mohammad Alhajali passed away by choking to death from the smoke. I have started this petition on behalf of Omar Alhajali as I am their family friend and would like to reunite them with their family.  Mohammed al-Haj Ali was trapped inside London flat for two hours after being separated from his brother during the inferno. His brother Omar was taken to hospital after escaping and remained in contact with Mohammed, who was still trapped inside the flat.  "The smoke is getting in, the smoke is getting in, we are going to die, we are going to die," were Mohammed's last words to his brother.  Friends who were close to Mohammed told Middle East Eye that he was in contact with them till 5am.  Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them.  After leaving Syria, he had not seen his family for five years and was forced to limit communication to ensure their safety amid the crackdown against the opposition. His parents are currently applying for an emergency visa to visit Omar their son in hospital and attend their son Mohammad's funeral. We need to get  their voices heard to the Home Office so that we can persuade an acceptance of the visa. Please help us collect as many signatures as possible to get them to the UK

Mirna Ayoubi
107,865 supporters
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
67,023 supporters
Petitioning United Nations Security Council, Government of Pakistan, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan

Call for UN Security Council to intervene in Myanmar stop genocide of the Muslims

Very shocking and disturbing images and video of brutality and genocide in Myanmar are emerging on social media and independent media has confirmed these. The world need to act fast to save this human tragedy. The UN should consider sending troops because Myanmar is constantly refusing to allow UNHCR and other agencies working there. If this continues happening the world will see more instability as terrorist outfits use these incidents to exploit Muslims centimetres for their heinous agenda.

Somi mahmood
63,112 supporters
Petitioning Zac Goldsmith MP (MP for Richmond Park)


Youth work is important but it’s under threat. Pledge to invest in growing the service for London's young people.   The cuts in youth provisions has had more of an impact on us (young people) than people may think and we care - enormously. Young people want and need to be able to socialise in a safe and secure environment. Youth provisions create great opportunities for young people. They give us places of learning, chances to build friendships, access to professional and local support and to have fun! It gives us a place we can call ours. But it's under threat.  Because of cuts decided by adults, many youth workers are losing their jobs. They are as important to us as the venues and programmes being closed down and under threat. Also, many places we care about are being closed down and hours of delivery being reduced. This issue affects us all, whatever your age. This needs to stop. We want mayoralty candidates to pledge to invest in and protect youth services in London right now. We can see plenty of money being spent on expensive new homes but not on provisions for the community that already lives here. Quality youth work and services are important to us and important to the whole community. London needs these services. We came together thanks to the work of the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Rio supports us on this campaign.  “I have often said that if I had not been lucky enough to be a professional footballer I would have worked in youth services in some way, as I remember the support and mentoring my friends and I had when we were young, and some of my friends work in that field to this day. In the current climate youth services are increasingly under threat, and while in some parts of London great work continues as with our partnership with Lewisham Council, in other areas youth provision is minimal and young people are missing the opportunities we had when I was younger.  It is great that young people themselves are recognising the issues confronting them, from youth club closures to jobs to housing, and are campaigning to do something about it. I am proud to support their voice and their cause both personally and via my Foundation.” Rio Ferdinand  We invite the candidates to meet us, listen to us, acknowledge our campaign, and respond to our views and ideas. Change needs to happen before it’s too late. Please sign and share this petition and help us show the candidates for London Mayor 2016 how important youth provision is all over London. We can all be part of the solution.  #InvestInYouthWork

Tia, Jonathan, Melley and Jordan .
40,632 supporters
Petitioning BBC, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP

To stop the airing of the bbc 2 tv programme THE HOUSEWIVES OF ISIS

THE BBC ARE GOING TO AIR A PROGRAMME TITLED HOUSEWIVES OF ISIS ON TUESDAY 10th January 2017 on BBC 2  IT SHOWS WOMEN IN FULL ISLAMIC WEAR AND This is a mockery of the muslim woman and insults those whom are held the highest in Islam ..   Does much need to be said of u have seen the clip  THIS COULD cause people in the street to throw jokes at covering women whom are nothing like this programme shows and could cause various future issues within our communities ..  It also pairs our beautiful religion with bombs and guns. This is an act of terrorism against Muslim women .. Showing them in this light is not safe.  PLEASE ACT NOW AND GET THIS PROGRAM WITHDRAWN FOR THE WOMEN IN ISLAM THAT ARE HERE IN UK  FATHERS MOTHERS SISTERS BROTHERS AUNTIES UNCLES COUSINS WIVES ETC ETC 

Emma Bird
38,945 supporters
Petitioning Cressida Dick, Sadiq Khan, Theresa May MP, Neil Coyle

The officers who have critically injured Terrell Jones-Burton SACKED and CHARGED!!!

Terrell Decosta Jones-Burton was knocked unconscious after he was allegedly “charged” by an officer as he cycled along the road near his home in Bermondsey, south London. Dramatic CCTV footage apparently shows a pursuing officer “rugby tackle” Terrell from his bike before the teenager’s head smashes into the doorway of a chicken shop. WE NEED TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST INNOCENT YOUTHS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE AMONGST OTHERS!!! THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE AND CANNOT BE ALLOWED IN OUR SOCIETY!!! #JUSTICEFORTERRELL   PLEASE SHARE AND SIGN THE PETITION SO THAT WE CAN HAVE THE OFFICERS SACKED WITH NO CHANCE OF APPEAL!!!!    

Shola Dayo
34,081 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Karen Bradley

Calling for a National Sikh War Memorial in prime central London location

  Sikh soldiers exhibited extraordinary bravery and sacrifices in the service of Great Britain, including during both World Wars. Though Sikhs made up only 2% of the population of British India, they formed 20% of the British Indian Army during the First World War, and hundreds of thousands of Sikh soldiers saw active service during the two major wars and many other conflicts. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during the World Wars.For over a decade there has been a demand from various quarters for the installation of such a national monument, with the Mayor of London recently stating these brave individuals should have a memorial in our capital city. This petition calls on the Government to actively support the erection of a permanent national monument in a prime central London location. It would have huge additional benefits for community cohesion and integration within our country.  

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP
30,542 supporters
Save our NHS Woolwich Dental Practice

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about proposals for the Spray Street Quarter in Woolwich. The proposed development will be of a scale to trigger a referral to the Mayor and as such he will have statutory powers to comment on the scheme in due course. When and if an application is submitted, GLA and Council officers will carefully assess the application including any impact upon social infrastructure. In the absence of the Mayor having reviewed this application, unfortunately he is not in a position to comment on the scheme so as to not fetter his decision-making role in due course. But please be assured that any matters raised through the consultation process will be taken into consideration as part of the decision-making process, noting that the Council is required to provide details of all the objections as part of the Mayoral referral process. I hope that this assists in clarifying the Mayor’s role at this stage. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 week ago

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about ‘Preventing the illegal closure of Pepis hair Salon. The Mayor understands the important role of London's markets, and the social, economic and civic value they contribute to Londoners' everyday experience of the city. That is why the Mayor has committed to supporting street and covered markets to ensure they prosper and thrive for years to come. At a city level, the Mayor has set up London's first Markets Board and commissioned new research to better understand the current position of London's Markets, which has revealed a significant increase from 162 markets in 2010 to 280 markets today. You will find details about the Board and research - Understanding London's Markets - on the City Hall website at: Given the large number of street markets in London and the fact the Mayor holds no powers in this respect, we are not in a position to intervene directly in the management of individual markets. However, working with the London Markets Board we hope to look into some of the issues you raise at a strategic level through a renewed focus on the role, value and management of street and covered markets across London. We will make sure your concerns are raised with colleagues at Camden Council. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

1 week ago
To prevent the potential Tri-Borough Merger of Harrow, Brent, and Barnet Police Forces

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about the ‘tri-borough merger of Harrow, Brent, and Barnet metropolitan police forces’. As the body of your petition text states, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is under great pressure due to government cuts. Since 2010-11, the MPS general grant funding from the Government has fallen by more than £700 million, or nearly 40 per cent in real terms. The Mayor has continued to do all that he can to mitigate these cuts – most recently committing to investing an additional £110 million into the MPS over the next year. An investment that means City Hall is paying a greater percentage of the overall police budget in the capital than ever before – up from 18 per cent in 2010 to 23 per cent today. But these cuts are having a real and severe impact on the number of police officers we can afford in London. The number of police officers has already fallen to 30,000 and projections suggest by 2021 they may fall even further unless the Government acts to provide a real-terms increase in police funding. The effect of this level of reduction in officer numbers in London puts the resilience of current Borough structures under unsustainable pressure. The combining of Harrow, Brent and Barnet together into a single Basic Command Unit (BCU) is vital to ensuring the MPS can maintain operational resilience. This BCU model has been extensively tested in 2017 across two ‘pathfinders’ sites: Camden & Islington (BCU Central North) and Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge (BCU East). The review of these pathfinders is available on the MPS website through the following link: The pathfinders were a genuine test which identified a number of challenges from which the MPS has learnt and adapted its approach. The pathfinders are now demonstrating the ability to deliver a robust and resilient local policing service within the context of rising demand and increasing financial constraints. The pathfinders have identified not only significant efficiency savings, but also improvements in delivery of key areas such as safeguarding. Each BCU will be led by a Chief Superintendent, but a Superintendent will continue act as point of contact for each individual borough – maintaining the vital links with partners at a local level. In accordance with the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan (PCP) every ward in London now has at least two Police Constables (PCs) and a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). These officers are dedicated to their wards and will not be diverted elsewhere. The Mayor does appreciate that Londoners remain anxious about how the BCUs are formed and the implications for resourcing in their own local area. Geography, transport links and crime levels have all been cited as areas of concern and the MPS has been working hard to mitigate these in the development of its plans. The MPS absolutely recognises that there must be bespoke arrangements for all of its BCUs – including the proposed joining of police commands for Harrow, Brent and Barnet. Ultimately, the MPS must be able to evolve its structures - both to meet the enormous pressure that has been placed upon it by government cuts and to better its services and this is why the MPS has developed the BCU model. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit

2 weeks ago
Accessibility for South Harrow, West Harrow, Rayners Lane and North Harrow stations

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about accessibility for South Harrow, West Harrow, Rayners Lane and North Harrow stations. The accessibility of the public transport system remains one of the Mayor’s key priorities. This is vital to allow Londoners to live, enjoy, explore and work in the city freely. In the Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy, there are plans to improve the overall accessibility of London’s transport system, to make it more navigable and accessible to all. The Mayor made a commitment of £200 million funding for further step-free stations which is unprecedented. This funding will provide level access at around 30 more stations, focusing on main interchanges and town centres in outer London, and will close some of the biggest gaps in step-free provision. The first 23 stations to be funded have been announced: Harrow on the Hill, Newbury Park, Amersham, Buckhurst Hill, Cockfosters, Mill Hill East, Osterley, South Woodford, Colindale, Knightsbridge, Boston Manor, Burnt Oak, Debden, Hanger Lane, Ickenham, North Ealing, Northolt, Park Royal, Rickmansworth, Ruislip, Snaresbrook, Sudbury Hill and Wimbledon Park. As a result of this work, along with the opening of the Elizabeth line and other major station projects, 40 per cent of our network will be step-free by 2021/22, up from 27 per cent today. Transport for London (TfL) has certain criteria when considering stations for inclusion in the programme. These criteria include cost or opportunity (e.g. availability of third party funding), how challenging construction will be and the strategic importance in delivering benefits to our customers at a particular location, for example where there are currently limited accessible transport options. Harrow on the Hill and Sudbury Hill have been identified as key stations in the London Borough of Harrow to receive funding under the current step-free access programme. Though South Harrow, West Harrow, Rayners Lane and North Harrow stations have not met our initial criteria for funding under this programme, it is possible they may be included at a later date if circumstances change, for example if a significant opportunity emerges, such as funding becoming available from a third party. The Mayor and TfL are committed to making London’s transport system more accessible, to make it easier for everyone to enjoy and work in London. Thank you for taking the time to petition the Mayor on this important subject. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago

Dear Petitioners Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about air quality in London. The Mayor agrees that air quality is the most pressing environmental threat to the future health of Londoners and has made it a priority for his Mayoral term. He also welcomes your campaign. As you will know, we need to do more to tackle air pollution, not only in the capital but across the UK. Every year in Britain thousands of people die early as a result of air pollution with other health impacts over the course of our lives, from impacts on lung development when we are young to increased risk of dementia and stroke as we get older. Concerningly, research demonstrates these health effects disproportionately impact the most deprived communities. The impact on London’s children is severe, with over 400 schools in London located in areas with illegal levels of pollution and one in ten Londoners under the age of 18 with asthma. We estimate that a London child born in 2010 (exposed to the same level of pollution over the course of his or her life) would lose around two years of life expectancy due to pollution. This is unacceptable, which is why last year the Mayor announced the first of 50 ‘air quality audits’ for primary schools in the worst polluted areas in London to identify hard-hitting measures to protect pupils’ health from toxic air. The Mayor has also significantly increased the amount of money committed to tackling the capital’s air quality crisis over five years. Transport for London’s (TfL) Business Plan includes around £800m to deliver far-reaching programmes to tackle the threat to health from poor air quality. You will be pleased to know the Mayor has published a draft Environment Strategy for London, which aims to make sure we have the best air quality of any major world city by going beyond the legal requirements and achieving World Health Organization recommended guidelines. Key objectives include: 1. Supporting London and its communities, particularly the most vulnerable and those in priority locations, to help empower people to reduce their exposure to poor air quality; 2. Achieving legal compliance with UK and EU limits as soon as possible, including mobilising action from London boroughs, Government and other partners. 3. Establishing and achieving new, tighter air quality targets for a cleaner London by transitioning to a zero emission London by 2050, meeting World Health Organization health-based guidelines for air quality. The Mayor is doing all he can to achieve legal compliance as quickly as possible. Measures being delivered include introducing the T-charge in October last year to deter older polluting vehicles from central London, cleaning up the bus and taxi fleets, and confirming the earlier introduction of the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone in April 2019. The Mayor is now consulting on expanding the ULEZ standards up to the north/south circular for all vehicles and Londonwide for buses, coaches and lorries, and I would encourage you to respond to this at: However, air pollution is not a problem the Mayor can solve alone. As the Mayor does not have powers over non-transport sources of air pollution and he has a limited budget, it requires far stronger support and leadership from national government to reach legal compliance sooner. That is why the Mayor was so disappointed that the Government’s National NO2 Air Quality Plan fails to include sufficient additional committed national measures or other support to help achieve compliance in London as quickly as possible. He believes London’s air quality could achieve EU limits much sooner if the measures requested had been included. He is also shocked that new Government funding, including a new Clean Air Fund and money to implement air quality improvement schemes, will not be available to London on the same basis as to other parts of the country, even though London contains around 40 per cent of the road length in the UK which exceed legal pollution limits. The Mayor welcomes your support as he continues to lobby Government to match his ambition and introduce a national diesel scrappage fund, implement a 21st century Clean Air Act and securing London the additional funding and powers it needs to tackle the public health crisis. Yours sincerely Shirley Rodrigues Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy

1 month ago
Calling for a National Sikh War Memorial in prime central London location

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website calling for a National Sikh War Memorial in London. The Mayor is committed to supporting a war memorial in London to honour the Sikh servicemen and women who fought alongside British troops in the First and Second World Wars. These brave individuals sacrificed an enormous amount to defend the freedoms that we enjoy today and it is only right that there is a memorial in our capital city to honour their fight to preserve our freedoms. As you may be aware, a new National Sikh War Memorial Trust has been set up to take the delivery of this statue forward. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago

Dear Ms Chisom Thank you for your petition about legislating on CCTV cameras in private hire vehicle (PHVs). We were sorry to learn about the incident you mentioned in your petition and can only imagine how distressing this must have been for you. Please be assured that I have asked Transport for London (TfL) to look into this as a matter of urgency. TfL was not previously informed of this incident and has contacted Addison Lee to request further information without delay. Once this information has been received and reviewed, they will consider whether any licensing action is required against the driver in question. I have also asked TfL to write to you directly once they have investigated this incident. Turning to your suggestions regarding the mandatory installation of CCTV cameras, as you may be aware, the Department for Transport (DfT) is expected to consult on new statutory and best practice guidance on taxi and private hire matters this year, which will cover the use of CCTV in vehicles. TfL and the Mayor will await the DfT’s guidance before exploring this further. In the meantime, the Mayor is adamant that safety should be paramount and has made a clear commitment to improve safety standards across London’s taxi and private hire industries. There are a number measures that are currently being developed to achieve this. As a start, the Mayor has quadrupled the number of TfL compliance officers by recruiting and deploying an extra 250. These officers are patrolling London’s streets to crackdown on illegal activity and improve public safety. There are also a host of additional measures the Mayor has instructed TfL to explore to improve public safety, which can be found in the Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, which you can view online: As you will see, these are wide-ranging proposals which focus on key issues including driving standards, driver training, driver background checks and complaint handling to name a few. TfL has also introduced new regulations governing the private hire industry which will improve safety standards across the industry. For example, TfL has implemented stricter insurance requirements for PHVs and introduced an English language requirement for all private hire drivers. In addition, all private hire operators must provide a booking confirmation to the passenger, including a photograph and the registration mark of the vehicle, before the start of a journey. These measures are an important step in raising safety standards and the Mayor is committed to ensuring that our taxi and private hire services, and the customers they serve, are fully supported now and in the future. I hope this reassures you about how seriously the Mayor takes public safety. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 months ago
WE DEMAND JUSTICE for the two CHILDREN of Joy McIntosh, who both were brutalised by police

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website: “WE DEMAND JUSTICE for the two CHILDREN of Joy McIntosh, who both were brutalised by police” Thank you for raising the issues in your petition regarding the children of Ms Joy McIntosh. As there are ongoing criminal investigations in relation to this matter, the Mayor cannot make any comment at this time, but it is only right that you have brought the matter to our attention. You are far from alone in having these concerns and we are keen to increase the confidence all Londoners have in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). That is why the Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021 has a strong theme of tackling inequality and standing up for victims, very much in line with the issues you raise. Anyone who is directly affected following contact with the police has the right to make a complaint. The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) does not deal with complaints about individual police officers or members of police staff, they should be sent either directly to the MPS or through the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The MPS will consider any complaint made and make a decision about whether to record it. They will then respond within 15 working days as to whether it has been recorded and, if not, the reasons why. Once again, thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Reinstatement of traffic safety cameras on A10 in London Borough of Enfield

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about the reinstatement of traffic safety cameras on the A10 in London Borough of Enfield. The Mayor recognises the strength of feeling in the local area about this issue. The Mayor has put in place a Vision Zero approach to road danger. As well as aiming to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from road collisions by 2041, this means taking action to tackle dangerous behaviour on our roads, such as speeding. In light of residents’ concerns, there is now increased effort as a partnership between Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), and the London Borough of Enfield. This work will crack down on motorists exceeding the speed limit on the A10. This initiative includes new MPS enforcement operations on the A10 and the borough introducing a ‘public spaces protection order’ to support the police to stop incidents of ‘car-cruising’ meets on the A10 retail parks, which will be in place soon. As part of this work, TfL is introducing mobile speed camera enforcement in the short-term. It is also investigating the feasibility of long term enforcement solutions such as average speed cameras. I hope this reassures you that the Mayor and TfL are taking this issue seriously. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

2 months ago
Save Matthews Yard

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the website about Matthew’s Yard. Through the previous delivery of the Mayor’s Regeneration Fund package of works to create an attractive environment for residential and economic growth we are aware of the contribution Matthew’s Yard has made to enliven the town centre. Matthew’s Yard’s ambitious plans to secure its long-term future at 5-9 Surrey Street have been subject to an expression of interest to the Good Growth Fund, the Mayor’s new regeneration programme for London. We understand that the application for Asset of Community Value (ACV) status for the full building has been rejected, and that Matthew’s Yard are considering their options with regards to the lower ground floor or another site. If Matthew’s Yard and Croydon Council would find it useful, officers at the Greater London Authority would be happy to discuss with them how the idea could be developed to ensure a sustainable model for the space and the activities it enables. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

2 months ago