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Commenting on London New Year’s Eve Fireworks being resold for up to £212 each only two days after the official tickets sold out, London Assembly Labour Economic Spokesperson, Fiona Twycross AM, said:

"We warned Boris Johnson months ago that ticket touting and reselling was going to be a major problem. Within days of tickets going on sale, resale sites were making a killing. Now all the tickets have gone that is only going to get worse. People being forced to pay up to £200 a £10 ticket is outrageous and shows that the Mayor has utterly failed to prevent ticket touts cashing in on this new year extravaganza.

"Half a million people attended last year but for 2014 only 100,000 tickets were put on sale. With that amount of unmet demand this event was always going to be a ticket tout's dream. The Mayor should seriously consider whether 100,000 is really the maximum capacity for this event and if not release the additional tickets.

"For decades the New Year's Eve fireworks have been an iconic and free way to end the year. With virtually all the limited advertising about the new ticketing system in London there is a real risk those travelling into the capital will face disappointment or rip off prices at the hands of ticket touts.

"Yesterday I asked the Mayor what steps he has taken to ensure the safety of the thousands of people who turn up to watch without a ticket. His only answer was to bury his head in the sand and urge them not to."

New Years Eve fireworks tickets touted for up to £212 each only days after selling out

Commenting on London New Year’s Eve Fireworks being resold for up to £212 each only two days after the official tickets sold out, London Assembly Labour Economic Spokesperson, Fiona Twycross AM, said:...

Commenting on today’s London Assembly vote on proposals to establish a new Mayoral Development Corporation for Old Oak Common and Park Royal (OPDC) London Assembly Labour Group Planning Spokesperson, Nicky Gavron AM, said:

“Old Oak Common is a vitally important redevelopment project with the unique potential to transform this area of London. Whilst we support the principle of an MDC, there are a number of key details within this specific proposal which have yet to be resolved. For that reason my colleagues and I could not support the proposals as they stand.”

“Given the capital’s acute housing crisis, the provision of high levels of affordable housing should be at the forefront of the MDC’s aims. To achieve that goal we strongly believe the Mayor should include a requirement that 50 per cent of all new homes are affordable, with a 60:40 split between intermediate and social rents. Instead he has neglected to set any targets for affordable housing.

“There are also real concerns at the unprecedented speed with which the Mayor is attempting to push through the key planning documents. Whilst we all want to see the MDC up and running quickly, there is a risk that the Mayor’s appetite to rush it through before he leaves office will be to the detriment of future planning decisions and come at the cost of proper public consultation.

“The Mayor has utterly failed to make the case for the unjustified and unnecessary inclusion of Wormwood Scrubs within the boundary of the MDC. With such a complex and technical proposal it is vitally important that the rights and views of local people are not trampled over.”

Nicky Gavron AM comments on proposals to establish a new Mayoral Development Corporation for Old Oak Common

Commenting on today’s London Assembly vote on proposals to establish a new Mayoral Development Corporation for Old Oak Common and Park Royal (OPDC) London Assembly Labour Group Planning Spokesperson, Nicky...

London Assembly Labour Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:

“Whilst we support the principle of the night tube, the fact that taxpayers could lose over £100m before the project breaks even shows Boris Johnson is more focused on securing a legacy than doing it right.

“There are many different ways the night tube service could be set up, including a staggered introduction or pilots which could save tens of millions of pounds. As it stands the Mayor  seems more intent on forcing it through quickly than securing best value for money.

“With travel fares rocketing by 40% since the Mayor came to power, you’d think he’d be a bit more careful with Londoners’ money. Particularly only months after he plans to cut almost 900 underground jobs.

“Whilst many people will like the idea of night tube services what nobody wants is another rushed through Boris Johnson vanity project which will end up wasting hundreds of millions pounds.”

Val Shawcross AM responds to reports the Night Tube won't break even until 2033

London Assembly Labour Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said: “Whilst we support the principle of the night tube, the fact that taxpayers could lose over £100m before the project breaks...

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