Brexiteer confronts Sadiq Khan for 'failing miserably' at main part of his job

Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib said Mr Khan was “failing dismally” for not getting a grip in the underground network which today saw delayed services or partial suspensions across most lines. Mr Habib, who supported the Brexit campaign in 2016 and was elected to the European Parliament last May, lashed out at the Mayor on Twitter alongside a Transport for London (TfL) status update highlighting the reduced services.

He said: “State of the Tube in London today. How can the economy get going if people cannot travel?

“His main job is to keep TFL operating. Sadiq Khan is failing dismally.”

Twitter user James Nicholls replied: “The man is a disgrace. Who were the clowns who voted him in and why?!”

The row erupted as Mr Khan warned TfL could face cuts of £290 million in the wake of a £493m collapse in City Hall’s income due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

The Government has already stepped in with a £1.6bn bail-out.

TfL’s finances have been hammered by the coronavirus outbreak with its main source of revenue – London Underground fares – effectively drying up during lockdown.

Income from business rates is expected to fall by 11 per cent by March 2022 due to company closures.

London’s Council tax revenue is forecast to drop by seven per cent as Londoners lose their jobs and fall into arrears.

Across the country, the Local Government Association has estimated a £6bn shortfall in council finances and is calling for emergency funding from the Government.

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Mr Khan said: “The scale of the challenge is far beyond anything that any local or regional authority could have prepared for.

“My first priority is to protect frontline emergency services, which is why we have outlined proportionately smaller savings for the police and fire brigade.”

The Government is sending in City accountants KPMG to scrutinise TfL’s finances and business plan as part of a £1.6bn emergency bail-outs.”

She said the funding deal had included an agreement to review TfL’s finances “to help inform continuing discussions about the government financial support that will be needed in the longer term”.

A spokesman for the Mayor’s office said: “We have agreed to a number of new structures, including a finance review, but ultimately the government need to realise this deal is just a sticking plaster.

“Either the government needs to provide us with sustainable funding or they need to devolve taxation powers so we can raise the funds ourselves.”



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