For the second time this year, TfL has run out of money.

So once again, the government are bailing @SadiqKhan out.

This £1.7 billion bailout covers the cost of Covid — but not the cost of @SadiqKhan’s mismanagement.

.@SadiqKhan racked up £9.56bn in waste over 4 years.

That’s SIX TIMES the cost of Covid, which cost £1.6bn in lost fares.

The bailout does NOT force Khan to extend the congestion charge, despite what he claimed. But if he wants to bring back services, he needs to cut waste

He could end free travel for friends of TfL staff, which has cost £159 million.

He could reform TfL’s pension system, which has cost £828 million.

He could end Crossrail delays, which have cost £5.25 billion.

He could cut executive pay, which has grown by £58 million.

But so far, @SadiqKhan hasn’t cut waste. Instead, he’s raised charges and cut services.

Last year, he decided to raise fares.

This year, he raised the congestion charge to £15 a day, cut the Freedom Pass and closed the Waterloo & City Line.

By cutting the £9.56 billion of wasteful spending, we could reintroduce the Freedom Pass. We could reverse the congestion charge hike. And we could reopen the Waterloo & City Line.

So why won’t @SadiqKhan make these savings?

Londoners have the right to an efficient transport network. And it’s the Mayor’s job to deliver it.

So @SadiqKhan needs to stop playing politics and start cutting the £9.56 billion of waste he racked up over the last four years.


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1 Nov
On a cold and wet weekend, I want to thank all the activists who were out campaigning for a safer, fairer and more affordable London.

This weekend, @SadiqKhan was bailed out. He has wasted £9.56bn at TfL. Now he’s going to make Londoners pay. This city deserves better.
Read 10 tweets
24 Jul
After receiving a £1.6bn bailout from Gov in May, @SadiqKhan is now demanding another one.

It's easy for the Mayor to blame the virus.

But if he had managed TfL's finances properly, he wouldn't have needed one bailout, let alone two.


It's easy for @SadiqKhan to blame TfL's current financial crisis on Covid.

After all, TfL revenue took a hit during lockdown.

But if the Mayor had built up reserves, grown the network and paid off debt during the last four years, these bailouts would not be necessary.

So let's look at what happened.

In 2014, when Boris was Mayor, he was told that TfL would need to become ‘self sufficient’. The Mayor was given the power to collect business rates, but the Gov grant was cut.

In essence, the two cancelled each other out.

Read 15 tweets
22 Jul
In 2016, Sadiq Khan became Mayor and Chairman of TfL.

Four years and £13bn of debt later, TfL is bankrupt. Londoners are stuck with a higher congestion charge. And fares are set to rise.

Khan defended his record in Parliament today. But he left a few things out.

Read on 👇🏿
Sadiq Khan has mismanaged TfL for 4 years.

He froze single fares, mostly benefitting tourists. Cost = £640m

He delayed Crossrail again and again. Cost = £5bn

He paid out massive bonuses to TfL staff. Cost = £1.7m (in 2019 alone)

And he refused to find savings.

Even worse, Sadiq Khan misled Parliament today.

He said that he cut the number of TfL staff earning over £100k a year.

Actually, he increased the number. To 557.

I have written to the Mayor asking him to correct his statement.

Read 9 tweets
16 Jul
At 8pm, I’m debating race on @ITV. Here’s what I’ll say.

I believe in equality of opportunity. It’s the reason behind London’s success.

Equality isn’t about defunding police or ending capitalism. It’s about unlocking the potential of every Londoner, black and white.
The more chances we all have, the better our city becomes.

Opportunity is the route out of poverty, the route out of crime.

I know this. I was a youth worker for 20 years. When you give people opportunity, they thrive. Because at the end of the day, we all want the same things.
When Stephen Lawrence was murdered, Britain was a different place.

To people of colour, Stephen’s murder was upsetting and scary. But it wasn’t shocking.

Racism was more acceptable back then. Racist violence was all too common.

What that shocked us was the police response.
Read 6 tweets
30 Jun
The Mayor is threatening to cut the police budget by £110m - that's 1,692 officers.

Despite hiking his office costs by £527m (320%).

A summer of crime is coming.

@SadiqKhan needs to retake control of the streets.

👇🏿 THREAD 1/14

Crime is rising in London.

Knife crime is up. Burglaries are up. Illegal raves have turned violent from Brixton to Maida Vale.

And with pubs set to reopen on this weekend, police are expecting more chaos.

So we need to support our police — not cut their budgets.

Sadiq Khan is losing control of the streets.

But instead of hiring more officers, he’s planning to cut £110m from police budgets.

That’s the same as sacking 1,692 police officers.

How will cuts help the Mayor take back control of the streets?


Read 14 tweets
10 Jun
I have some thoughts about tearing down statues.

👉🏾Communities should make decisions, not mobs
👉🏾 Statues should end up in museums, not seabeds
👉🏾 We need to be building more monuments to showcase our present day role models, not cutting ourselves off from our past

This is a thread about history, what it means to live in a civilised society and why @SadiqKhan 's hastily announced commission to tear down statues and rename roads across London is both a dangerous and divisive idea.

London has historically been an international city, and that means we have an international history.

I'm proud for example that Parliament Square hosts statues not only of British leaders, but international giants like Gandhi, Lincoln and Mandela.

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