London Mayor Sadiq Khan admits he IS responsible for capital’s surge in violent crime but ‘is not going to apologise’ for blaming Government over police cuts
- Mayor was challenged over crime wave when he appeared on radio call-in show
- He said as the mayor and crime commissioner of the city, he was responsible
- But he was accused of ‘dancing around’ the issue after blaming government cuts
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was responsible for the surge in violence on the capital’s streets – before blaming government cuts for the problem.
The mayor, who also acts as the city’s Police and Crime Commissioner, was quizzed by Londoners on an LBC radio call in today.
He was accused of being unclear over the issue of spiralling violence in the city as appeared to accept and reject responsibility for the crime wave.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan accepted he bears responsibility for the crime wave hitting London
Mr Khan said: ‘I’m the Mayor of London, I’m the Police and Crime Commissioner. I accept responsibility for what happens in our city.
‘Security is the biggest concern I have. It’s the one thing that keeps me up at night. Whether it’s terrorism threats or the surge in serious violent crime.
‘But I’m not going to apologise for explaining the context. We’ve seen across the country an increase in serious violence crime.’
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But he went on to blame government cuts for reduced funds for police, saying: ‘All of us except for the Government accept there’s a link between cutting resources and serious violent crime.’
Radio host James O’Brien accused Mr Khan of ‘accepting responsibility and not accepting responsibility’, adding: ‘Decent Londoners are looking for leadership’.
Mr Khan replied: ‘We can dance around the question of how much responsibility is mine as opposed to the Government’s – we’re doing what we can.’
The Labour mayor came under pressure as he was quizzed by Londoners on LBC this morning
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