KHAN AC­CUSED OF CYN­I­CAL BID TO LINK AT­TACK TO PO­LICE NUM­BERS

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LABOUR’S Lon­don Mayor was ac­cused of cyn­i­cally tak­ing ad­van­tage of yes­ter­day’s ter­ror at­tack to score a po­lit­i­cal point about po­lice cuts.

Sadiq Khan used a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view to crit­i­cise the lack of spend­ing on of­fi­cers. Even Mr Khan ac­knowl­edged the in­sen­si­tive tim­ing, say­ing: ‘To­day may not be the day to say this at the Co­bra meet­ing, but I’m not go­ing to re­sile from what I’ve been say­ing over the last 16 months, which is that Lon­don needs more re­sources to keep our city safe.’

He said the events backed up his ar­gu­ment that the Metropoli­tan Po­lice needed more money, adding: ‘Since 2010, we’ve lost hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds from the po­lice bud­get.’

He told Sky News: ‘It’s sim­ply not pos­si­ble for a global city like Lon­don to carry on keep­ing our cit­i­zens, vis­i­tors and busi­nesses safe if the Gov­ern­ment car­ries on mak­ing the cuts they’ve been mak­ing.’

But Tory MP An­drew Brid­gen crit­i­cised the Mayor. He said: ‘I would’ve thought Sadiq Khan would want to keep pol­i­tics out of the ter­ror at­tack – es­pe­cially given his lam­en­ta­ble record on acid at­tacks and knife crime which have soared since he be­came Mayor of Lon­don.’

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