‘Sack him now!’ London Mayor Sadiq Khan should step down before elections in May – poll

Sadiq Khan slammed over statue review by Ben Habib

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The current Mayor is under huge pressure after sparking outrage earlier this week by appointing a group of 15 people that Conservative candidate for this year’s London mayoral election Shaun Bailey described as “unelected activists”. The commission – which was set up to carry out a major review of London landmarks, statues and street signs – includes Toyin Agbetu, a social rights activist who interrupted a Westminster Abbey service in 2007 held to mark the 200th anniversary of Britain’s Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. Mr Khan also sparked fury at the end of last year after looking for a £4.9billion settlement for the next 18 months to keep the capital’s tube and bus services going as revenues collapsed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But his demands sparked a furious response from Boris Johnson, who told MPs in the Commons: “It was the Labour mayor of London who bankrupted TfL’s finances.”

A bailout of £1.9billion lasting until the end of March 2021 was eventually agreed.

Now in the latest Express.co.uk poll, readers are demanding Mr Khan should be sacked as London Mayor ahead of the elections in just under three months’ time.

The poll, which ran from 2pm on Friday February 12 until 7am on Saturday February 13, asked: Should Sadiq Khan step down as London Mayor before May’s election?

A huge 97 percent (9,121 readers) have demanded Mr Khan step down as London Mayor before the election on May 6.

The remaining three percent (265 readers) disagreed, while less than one percent (27 readers) were undecided.

But instead of the London Mayor stepping down with almost immediate effect, some Express.co.uk readers called for him to be sacked.

One person said: “Rather than allowing him to resign, he should be sacked in ignominy and reviled in perpetuity.”

A second reader wrote: “No he shouldn’t resign. He should be sacked with immediate effect!!”

Another person commented: “He should have been sacked long ago he is absolutely useless.”

A fourth reader added: “London is a cesspit. Is Khan making it better or worse? Exactly – he has to go!”

One person called on all Mayor positions and regional assemblies in the UK’s biggest cities to be scrapped altogether.

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They said: “There was supposed to be an election for London mayor in May 2020 but it is still delayed and cling-on Kahn is still mayor.

“Why do London or the other cities like Manchester need a mayor? We should scrap all these positions, as well as the expensive regional assemblies in Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh.”

Earlier this week, Mr Khan sparked fury by appointing a group of 15 people to form a commission that was set up following last summer’s Black Lives Matter protest to carry out a major review of London landmarks, statues and street signs, investigating statues that come from a “bygone era”.

But the commission includes social rights Toyin Agbetu, who interrupted a Westminster Abbey service in 2007 held to mark the 200th anniversary of Britain’s Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, making it to within yards of the Queen, before shouting: “You should be ashamed. We should not be here.

“This is an insult to us. I want all the Christians who are Africans to walk out of here with me!”

Mr Agbetu was detained by security guards and removed from the building.

Also on the panel is Lynette Nabbosa, an activist who asserted it was “the UK’s racism that birthed slavery and colonialism.”

Last October, Mr Khan sparked fury after looking for a £4.9billion settlement for the next 18 months to keep the capital’s tube and bus services going as revenues collapsed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But his demands sparked a furious response from Boris Johnson, who told MPs in the Commons: “It was the Labour mayor of London who bankrupted TfL’s finances.”

The Prime Minister added any plans to increase fares or extend the congestion charge zone were “entirely down to him”.

Mr Khan hit back and accused Mr Johnson of trying to impose a “triple whammy” of “punitive” charges on Londoners at a time when the “sole cause” of TfL’s financial problems was the pandemic.

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