The race for City Hall heated up today as the incumbent candidate claimed Conservatives were stoking up divisions in order to ‘prop up’ their gains in traditional Labour red wall seats further north.
Mr Khan accused the Tories of ‘levelling down’ the capital and said some in the party give the impression of ‘hating London’.
Warning of a growing anti-London sentiment across the country he said: ‘The dangerous game of bashing London has to stop. Otherwise, we’ll all be left worse off and the social fabric of the country will be stretched to breaking point.
‘I’m losing patience, as I know Londoners are.
‘As your Mayor, I’ll use City Hall to face down the fake news and lies levelled against London, I’ll speak truth to the rest of the country about why our success matters to them at the same time as helping other parts of the country be more successful, and I’ll continue to be vocal in defending London’s interests.’
Mr Khan said he would always stand up for London, talking up his row with former US president Donald Trump who he branded a ‘dangerous bully in the White House’.
He stressed the importance of defending London’s values as ‘liberal, outward-facing and open’ and said many of the current Tory party’s values are the ‘total antitheses of London’, according to the Evening Standard.
The Labour mayor launched his manifesto this morning with a speech from the Bloomberg Building in the City of London.
He has put a green post-pandemic recovery at the heart of his election bid, with a slogan of ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’.
Details of the manifesto include a pledge for a £50m New Green Deal.
He has also promised to double the size of the green economy by 2030 and support more than 170,000 green jobs if re-elected on May 6.
Mr Khan has described the upcoming election as ‘a two-horse race’ against Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey.
A record number of 20 candidates are contesting the mayoral elections, including actor Laurence Fox.
Other pledges from Mr Khan include a review examining the feasibility of decriminalising cannabis as part of a new approach to tackling drug-related crime.
He said he will also push for the introduction of rent controls and set a target to build 10,000 new council homes, with key workers to be first in the queue for thousands of new affordable homes.
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