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."