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?