Opportunities (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Len Duvall AM:  Mr Mayor, I feel that the Assembly Member might need to employ me as a researcher because the Assembly did a report on the very issues that you raise.  It is very good report and I commend the Assembly ‑‑


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Can I just say?  If you want a referee for that job, I am not sure I will give you a good reference to be the researcher for that guy.  You want to work for somebody with a future.


Len Duvall AM:  In terms of the question that was put to you, Mr Mayor, let us cut to the chase.  The difference to be made is one of untapped talent.  We touched on this earlier.  Is one of the biggest problems that we face in a number of days’ time moving to no deal?  That Assembly Member there has been asked.  He has been asked where he stands on the position of no deal or May’s [Theresa May, Prime Minister] deal and what he believes in and what they all think over there.  No, I do not want to be pessimistic about it but there are risks with no deal about opportunities for young people and talent pipeline that the Assembly Member usually refers to in this issue and, even more, the rhetoric in this place and the reality on the ground.


Mr Mayor, I want to bring to your attention a secondary school in my constituency that has 19 school assistants.  We rightly talk about and value the support that we give to teachers in our schools.  We very rarely give it to support staff.  They are going down from 19 to eight because of the direct consequences of Government policy in reducing opportunities to the people who need it: the learning needs students who get the support of those school assistants.  That is the real issue that we face.  I am surprised at some of the important issues that he raises with the police but glosses over other challenges that we face here in London.


Do you think the Member needs to think about some of these lines of questioning that he is put into you or widen out some of the issues, and also needs a reality check of what is happening on the ground in London and what people are facing in their everyday struggles around opportunities?

Supplementary To: 


Opportunities (Supplementary) [1]

Opportunities (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Absolutely.  I may hire you as a researcher!  You are right.  One of the things that not just the MPS but others are concerned about is whether people are match‑fit to apply for the job, and the people you are talking about get them match‑fit by supporting them in school, by giving them good careers advice, by having them fulfil their potential, and then they become ready to apply for these jobs and to get these jobs.


That is why cutting support for our schools, reducing the support for youth work, reducing the amount of support staff in schools, lack of assistance to those children with special educational needs, and a situation where headteachers are not getting the support they need to stop a child reaching a situation where he or she is having to be excluded all contribute to a situation where young Londoners are not having their potential fulfilled.


You would have thought that anybody running to be the Mayor of this great city would stand up for London and call out the Government rather than being a patsy ‑‑


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  No, you are electioneering.  You cannot do that.


Len Duvall AM:  Thank you very much for your answer, Mr Mayor.

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  That is an interventionist Chairman.  It is funny how he wakes up now, is it not?


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Do not give me any of this, Mr Mayor.  I bend over backwards to be objective.  If only you knew how difficult it is for me to resist; nevertheless I have been objective.  You must not ‑‑


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  The Chairman’s true colours have been exposed there.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  You must not mention Assembly Members’ aspirations ‑‑


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  He is leaving anyway. He has had enough.  He is leaving the pitch.  He has the red card from the Mayor!


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  No.  This is abuse ‑‑


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  There he goes.  Let us give him a wave, everyone.  Let us all wave him goodbye!


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  This is abuse of process.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, we now know he has a weak constitution as well as weak policies.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  That is absolutely disgraceful, Mr Mayor ‑‑


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I think he is a disgrace!


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  ‑‑ that you should use this place as a platform for this.  I have just said to my Deputy [Chair] that next year [2019/20] she is going to have a very difficult time indeed.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, can I just say?


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Yes.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  I could have said that his chances of winning have just gone down the toilet, but I did not say that.  I didn’t say that!


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  You know you can do better than that.


Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  Yes, let us rise a bit higher.


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  So can you with your candidate!