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Responding to the publication of the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 consultation, London Assembly Labour Group Leader, Len Duvall, said:

“With London’s population set to break all records, and with the competitiveness of the capital having such an impact on the wider UK economy, it is right that we look at ways in which our city’s infrastructure can keep pace with this growth. A number of ideas in the plan, such as establishing an Infrastructure Delivery Board, look interesting, and we look forward to starting the debate around these in the coming months.

“But while I welcome the scale of Boris’ ambition, his record on delivery of major projects doesn’t match his lofty rhetoric. The plan cites the need for East-London river crossings, six years after he scrapped shovel-ready plans for one, and despite a cacophony of expert opposition, he continues to splurge taxpayer money lobbying for a Thames Estuary airport. For all his vision, Boris is in danger of stepping down in 2016 leaving behind a legacy of expensive vanity projects, rather than the world class infrastructure we’re crying out for.”

Len Duvall AM Statement on Mayor's 2050 Plan

Responding to the publication of the London Infrastructure Plan 2050 consultation, London Assembly Labour Group Leader, Len Duvall, said:

Diesel

Responding to reports that the Mayor of London will impose a £10 charge on diesel vehicles driven into central London, London Assembly Labour Group Environment Spokesperson, Murad Qureshi AM, said:

“Air pollution is a silent killer in London - more than 4,000 people die prematurely in our city each year due to poor air quality. But today’s announcement is half-baked. Instead of banning diesel vehicles completely from an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone, the Mayor is simply fining them £10 for the privilege. And by not implementing this until 2020, Boris is kicking the problem into the long grass.

“By that time, Boris will have left City Hall four years previously, and around 51,000 Londoners will have died prematurely since he took office in 2008. London needs bold action now. The Mayor should bring forward these proposals from 2020 to an earlier date.”

Murad Qureshi AM Statement on London Diesel Charge

Responding to reports that the Mayor of London will impose a £10 charge on diesel vehicles driven into central London, London Assembly Labour Group Environment Spokesperson, Murad Qureshi AM, said:...

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Fiona Twycross AM today condemned the Mayor of London for attempting to pack the London Fire Authority with political appointees. 

The Mayor is planning to remove two of the London Assembly Members and two of the councillors that currently sit on LFEPA, and replace them with four additional Mayoral Appointees, wiping out the majority that Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens hold on the Authority. Fiona Twycross AM today described the Mayor’s actions as “perverse”.

The Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Groups on the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) currently form a majority, but if proposed changes go ahead this will no longer be the case. If the current system was to be maintained, following Labour’s gains in this year’s local elections it would see an increase in its representation on LFEPA. The Mayor’s proposals would effectively prevent the results of this year’s local elections having any bearing on the make-up of LFEPA and would provide him with a majority.

In her response to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s consultation on the composition of LFEPA, which closes today, Fiona Twycross AM states:

  • The move has come as a response to the circumstances that led to Boris Johnson having to issue a ‘Mayoral Direction’ to drive through his decision to close ten fire stations last year, which LFEPA opposed.
  • By packing LFEPA with political appointees, the Authority would not reflect the political balance of London as it does now.
  • It is perfectly possible for political parties to work together consensually on the Authority, as happened during the 2000-2008 period.
  • I am willing to have a proper debate about the future of LFEPA, but the Mayor’s proposals are flawed – they are neither one thing nor the other and pose a real threat to democratic accountability.

Commenting on her submission, Fiona Twycross AM, London Assembly Labour Group Fire Spokesperson, said:

“This is a perverse move from Boris Johnson which I utterly condemn. The Fire Authority is there to act as a democratic check on the Mayor, and by packing it with political appointees so he holds a majority, Boris is riding roughshod over democracy.

“The Fire Authority consists of elected members who are accountable to Londoners, making transparent decisions in the interests of the capital. The Mayor’s plans jeopardise this important role and could potentially impact the safety of Londoners. At a time when all parties are looking at improving the link between the electorate and decision making bodies, it is crazy that Boris wants to get rid of elected politicians and replace them with his cronies.”

Fiona Twycross condemns “perverse” proposals to rig London Fire Authority

Fiona Twycross AM today condemned the Mayor of London for attempting to pack the London Fire Authority with political appointees. 

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