World News – GB – Sadiq Khan accuses Boris Johnson of lying in House of Commons over bashing of ‘bankrupt mayor’

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The Mayor of London has fired back in a furious row which has seen the government push brutal measures on Londoners to pay for the coronavirus – including making 4million more residents pay £ 15 a day to use a car

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Sadiq Khan today accused Boris Johnson of lying to Parliament after the Prime Minister called him « bankrupt mayor of London »

The conservative leader claimed that Mr. Khan « had effectively bankrupted Transport for London even before the coronavirus hit »

But in the 2019/20 accounts of TfL, M Khan said TfL had reduced its ‘like-for-like’ operating deficit by 71% since 2016, when Boris Johnson stepped down as Mayor of London

It comes amid a furious political row ahead of next year’s elections in the capital, where Tories want to overthrow Mr. Khan as mayor

M’s allies Khan say Tory ministers are forcing Londoners with a series of measures to pay for the Covid-19 pandemic, then trying to blame the Labor mayor for accepting them in exchange for a bailout

The government would like to increase TfL fares well above the rate of inflation, and double demands for the end of free travel for those under 18

Perhaps the most radical proposal is to extend congestion charges to circular roads north and south of the city from October 2021

It would charge people £ 15 a day to drive anywhere near central or even many outside parts of London, and project an additional 4 million residents into the congestion charge zone

City hall officials said the request was made by Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps in a letter to the mayor on October 1

The letter read: « In view of the significant increase in congestion in central London, we are also proposing the extension of the central London congestion charge area to cover the same area as the very high congestion area. low emissions and at the same time, October 2021 « 

Labor MP Catherine West has raised the shock plan to PMQs, saying it was imposed in London by the government

But Boris Johnson claimed: « The current mayor of London effectively bankrupted TfL before the coronavirus hit and left a huge black hole in its finances

« Any need to fill this gap is entirely on him, it is entirely his responsibility

« Any congestion charge increases or any other steps taken to improve TfL’s finances are entirely the responsibility of the current bankrupt Labor mayor of London »

Comparable figures are not available in the TfL 2015/16 and 2019/20 accounts as they are presented in different ways

TfL’s 2019/20 accounts show that before Covid hit it was on track to reduce its ‘net cost of operations’ to around £ 200million by the end of March

However, the impact of the coronavirus was around £ 220million, meaning the deficit in 2019/20 increased to £ 423million

« Before Covid, I was fixing his mess at TfL – reducing the deficit by 71% since 2016

« Covid-19 is the sole cause of TfL challenges PM wants to increase fares, C-Charge taxes & – & ends free travel for children and older Londoners »

During exchanges at PMQs, Boris Johnson refused to deny that the congestion charge zone would be extended – or that free travel for under-18s to London would be abolished

Janet Daby (Lewisham East), of Labor, said: « Can the Prime Minister confirm that his government is seeking to force London Mayor Sadiq Khan to end free travel for those under 18 and for holders of the 60 travel card in exchange for the additional financial support to TfL to ensure the operation of the tubes and buses? « 

M Johnson replied: « It was the Labor mayor of London who bankrupted TfL’s finances and any changes he makes are entirely his responsibility

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News from around the world – GB – Sadiq Khan accuses Boris Johnson of lying in the House of Commons about the denigration of the «  bankrupt mayor  »


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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