Mayor of London reaction to Queen’s Speech

21 June 2017

Reacting to the Queen’s Speech, The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“After the terrible attacks in London over recent months, I'm pleased that today's Queen's Speech includes a commitment to create a new commission for countering extremism - and I will work with the Government to design a new strategy to root out once and for all extremism in all its forms from our city.

“However, the Government's review of national counter-terrorism strategy, also announced today, must include new spending plans to fully fund London's police force in the light of the increased threats we clearly face.

“The Government today confirmed plans to hold a full public inquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. I've written to the Prime Minister to ensure that the inquiry is fully independent, that local people have their say in the terms of reference and have their full legal costs covered - with the best possible legal representation. I will continue to fight for the local community in North Kensington to get the answers and support they deserve.

“I'm deeply disappointed that the Government intend to carry on with their proposals to change the school funding formula - which will take money away from London schools. I’ll be writing to the Education Secretary to demand she fulfils the manifesto commitment that no school will lose out on funding as a result of these changes.

“Unfortunately, the promised help for private renters now seems to have been kicked into the long grass. Draft proposals will be brought forward to ban unfair tenancy fees, but the fact that Theresa May has already cancelled next year’s Queen's Speech means it could be years before these proposals become a reality for renters.

“Brexit will clearly dominate the parliamentary agenda over the next few years. I will keep pushing for a soft Brexit that makes protecting jobs and economic growth in London the very highest priority.

“The Government seem to have dropped their outrageous plans on social care, as well as their plans to bring back fox hunting - which is good news.”