Commenting on the Mayor's announcement of a partnership with Unicef for the New Year's Eve fireworks ahead of tickets going on sale tomorrow (Friday 2nd October), Labour's London Assembly Economic Spokesperson Fiona Twycross AM said:
"Partnering with Unicef for the New Year's Eve fireworks will really help to highlight the awful plight of suffering children around the world, particularly in conflict areas such as Syria.
"Whilst the fireworks will be a wonderful celebration, we need to see more done by the Mayor to ensure Londoners can actually get tickets to enjoy the spectacle. Last year, despite Londoners footing the bill, only a quarter of the 100,000 tickets were sold to residents in the capital, with many others resold at massively inflated costs on ticket touting websites. The Mayor needs to make sure that this year controls are in place to stop that happening."
- In response to a question from Ms Twycross, the Mayor confirmed only 27,476 of 100,000 tickets were sold to residents who live in the capital after the Mayor introduced ticketing for the event last year in an attempt to better control crowds. The Mayor’s response to Ms Twycross’ question about the number of tickets sold to Londoners can be seen here.