Sadiq Khan’s London has become a safe haven for criminals, warns Susan Hall

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By Candidate for Mayor of London Susan Hall.

This week, we found out crime on the Tube shot up by a massive 56 per cent from last year under London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s watch, writes Susan Hall.

It is bad news for Londoners, and Sadiq needs to fess up for not keeping us safe.

Sadiq Khan wears two hats: he is in charge of Transport for London (TfL) and he is our city’s police and crime commissioner.

No matter how hard he tries pass all the blame to the British Transport Police, he cannot dodge responsibility for an 83 per cent jump in thefts and a mad 107 per cent surge in robberies.

But it is not just numbers; Londoners are suffering. These figures show 7 per cent of Londoners actively avoid public transport in our City because they fear getting attacked. That is not good enough, especially in a city of nearly nine million people. It should be the crooks getting stopped, not regular Londoners.

Under Sadiq Khan’s watch, the Underground seems like a safe haven for criminals. We are paying the price for his hands-off approach to crime.

Sometimes it seems like he has checked out as Mayor altogether – preferring to flog copies of his book and rub shoulders with celebs.

Sometimes it seems like he has checked out as Mayor altogether – preferring to flog copies of his book and rub shoulders with celebs.

What happened to the strong leadership he promised in 2016? It feels like those promises disappeared, just like his vow not to expand ULEZ.

But this surge in crime is not a fluke; it is a trend, and it has been getting worse for years. Londoners cannot, and will not, just accept it; it should be a loud alarm in our ears. Sadiq Khan needs to step up fast.

As the TfL chair and the man in charge of the police, he should be making sure our daily commute is not risky. If he will not do it, I will.

I am a local councillor and a small business owner, dealing with the very same problems as other Londoners. I have been threatened at work. I have been followed home.

I know that sinking feeling when you leave the Tube, thinking something has gone and worrying about pickpockets. I got lucky, but many others are not. That is why I have a solid plan to get crime under control, by putting in £200 million to give our police what they need to fight the criminals.

We need to keep people safe and make sure those trying to hurt us face the consequences.

I will pop the bonnet on TfL and find out what is going wrong. We need to rethink how it keeps us safe, with better CCTV and working closely with the police to outsmart criminals.

No more people skipping barriers without consequences. I will work hard to make our Underground safe again, tackling all crimes, big or small.

No more people skipping barriers without consequences. I will work hard to make our Underground safe again, tackling all crimes, big or small.

London needs a leader who not just talks but gets things done. I am committed to doing that next May.

Together, we can take back the Underground and make it a place where crooks would not dare. As we deal with this crime surge, we will not settle for just words from our mayor.

We want action, not excuses. Londoners just want a safer city. Let’s make it happen.

Susan Hall is the Conservative London mayoral candidate.

Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections take place every four years. The last elections took place in May 2021. The next Mayoral and London Assembly elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

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This article first appeared in the Express on 2 December 2023.

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