London Mayor Sadiq Khan (file image) today called on Londoners to punish the Government over Brexit at May’s local elections
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today called on Londoners to punish the Government over Brexit at May’s local elections.
Labour’s top elected politician said voters needed to ‘send a message’ about Theresa May’s ‘extreme’ Brexit plans.
More than 1 million EU nationals living in London are eligible to vote in the local elections, unlike at last year’s general election.
The Conservatives are braced for punishing losses at May’s local elections, with Tory control of Westminster, Barnet and Wandsworth thought to be vulnerable.
Mr Khan told the Standard: ‘We need to send the Tory Government a message that we don’t want their chaotic extreme hard Brexit approach – before it’s too late and the damage is irrevocably done.
‘The clock is ticking – and while the Tories fight amongst themselves putting their narrow party interests first, the fate of jobs and growth for Londoners and people across the country hangs in the balance.
‘This is our last chance to tell the Tories that we want a Brexit deal that works for us – including continued membership of the Single Market and Customs Union and access to talent that we so desperately need to succeed.
James Cleverly, the Conservative deputy chairman, urged people to use the election vote for better council services.
‘All voters should be focused on who is going to provide the best local services at the best value for money,’ he said.
Labour’s top elected politician said voters needed to ‘send a message’ about Theresa May’s (pictured today in Derby) ‘extreme’ Brexit plans
‘As we see Momentum removing experienced local government leaders across London, voting Conservative is the best way to make sure you are getting quality services.’
Across England, local elections will be held on May 3 in all 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 74 district/borough councils and 17 unitary authorities.
The seats up for election were last contested in the 2014 local elections – just a year before the Tories won a surprise Commons majority.
Mrs May’s Tories are defending 1,302 seats and control of 41 councils, while Mr Corbyn’s Labour won 2,062 sears and 78 councils last time.
There are also mayoral races in Hackney, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Watford.
James Cleverly (file image), the Conservative deputy chairman, urged people to use the election vote for better council services