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Sadiq Khan warned new police plans could leave crime hotspots with fewer top officers

Added: 15.01.2018 4:51 | 0 views | 0 comments

Westminster City Council's leader has warned Sadiq Khan that his police merger plans could lead to fewer experienced officers in some of the capital's worst crime hotspots.

From: www.standard.co.uk

David Lammy criticises Sadiq Khan over plans for stop and search powers

Added: 14.01.2018 13:19 | 0 views | 0 comments

David Lammy has criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan over plans to increase the use of police stop and search powers in the capital.

From: www.standard.co.uk

US ambassador to London defends embassy move after Donald Trump criticism

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America’s ambassador to Britain has publicly defended the country’s new London embassy after Donald Trump blamed its cost for controversially cancelling a visit. Woody Johnson said America’s new embassy did not cost US taxpayers "a cent" and insisted the move was needed because of the terrorist threat after 9/11.  Mr Trump had earlier tweeted he would not visit London next month as planned because the original embassy was sold for “peanuts” and it was a “bad deal”.  However Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, blamed leading Labour figures for putting off Mr Trump with their criticism and placing the special relationship “at risk”.  The fallout came after Mr Trump once again postponed a “working visit” to Britain, which was originally pencilled in for January but had since slipped to February.  It further pushes back the time when Mr Trump is expected to visit the UK for the first time. He has already visited France, China, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East.  Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and U.S. ambassador to the U.K Credit: Jason Alden/Bloomberg There are questions now about whether the US president will be invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.  Mr Trump tweeted: Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for “peanuts,” only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018 The US embassy has moved from Grosvenor Square in the heart of Mayfair to Nine Elms near Battersea, south London. The decision was actually taken by George W Bush, not Mr Obama.  Mr Trump had been expected to do an event marking the opening of the new embassy in a visit pencilled in for February 26 and 27.  In a piece published in the Evening Standard, Mr Johnson, who was made US ambassador last year, pushes back on the president’s criticism.  “I agree with President Trump that Grosvenor Square, in the heart of London, was a perfect location for our embassy,” he said.  But he added: “Security concerns after September 11 meant we had to move to a location that could better protect American citizens and our British neighbours.” Mr Johnson went on to say the embassy was “bigger” and “better” than its predecessor and came at no cost to Americans.  “It is the most secure, hi-tech and environmentally friendly embassy that the United States has ever built,” he wrote.  “Purchased and built from the sale of our London properties, the new embassy did not cost the US taxpayer a cent. Yet is one of the most advanced embassies we have ever built.” Sadiq Khan, the London mayor who has clashed with Mr Trump, praised the announcement: "It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city's values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance. Donald Trump, the US president Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File "His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. "Let's hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda." However Mr Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, hit back: “The US is the biggest single investor in the UK - yet Khan & [Jeremy] Corbyn seem determined to put this crucial relationship at risk. “We will not allow US-UK relations to be endangered by some puffed up pompous popinjay in City Hall.” Theresa May backed Mr Johnson, with a Downing Street source saying: “Boris expresses himself in his own inimitable way. We agree that any risk to the crucial US-UK relationship is not in our country’s best interests.” Nigel Farage said the prospect of mass protests may well have been a factor in Mr Trump’s decision to cancel his visit. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn’t like the look of.” Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Mr Trump is still expected to make a formal state visit to Britain at some time during his first term after accepting an offer delivered by Mrs May last year.  It later emerged that the old US embassy was sold for £315m, well below £500m that experts claimed it should have cost – appearing to back up Mr Trump’s criticism.  The US embassy later issued a statement saying the decision was made in 2007 - appearing to contradict Mr Trump's claim that it was made by Mr Obama.  The statement noted that the total project cost around $1 billion, but added that “no tax payer dollars” were spent on the move. 

Pro-Trump supporters crash Fabian conference in protest of Sadiq Khan

Added: 14.01.2018 2:18 | 0 views | 0 comments


Pro-Trump supporters disrupted a conference being held in London where Mayor, Sadiq Khan was set to make a speech.  The Fabian society, a socialist organisation, had their conference interrupted after demonstrators, from a group called White Pendragons, shouted their support for the US President.  The protest was apparently against comments made by the Mayor of London about Mr Trump's plans to cancel his trip to the UK.  On Friday, Mr Khan said: "It appears that President Trump got the message from the many Londoners who love and admire America and Americans but find his policies and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity and tolerance. “His visit next month would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests. Demonstrators arrived at the Fabian conference to interrupt a speech by the Mayor of London Credit:  SIMON DAWSON/ REUTERS “This just reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place. “Let’s hope that Donald Trump also revisits the pursuit of his divisive agenda.” The demonstrators were removed from the conference to the sound of cheers Credit:  SIMON DAWSON/REUTERS The group entered the conference moments before Mr Khan was due to make his keynote speech.  Protestors were escorted out by police Credit:  SIMON DAWSON/ REUTERS The Mayor appeared to read a newspaper as the group were led out of the hall to cheers from attendees of the Fabian Society. Mr Khan announced: "It is a pleasure to be [joined] by what some would call very stable geniuses."

London: Donald Trump, pro-Brexit supporters heckle London Mayor Sadiq Khan during speech

Added: 14.01.2018 0:53 | 0 views | 0 comments

Sadiq Khan has been a vocal critic of the US President

From: www.dnaindia.com

Sadiq Khan heckled by Trump supporters as he blasts 'depressing' regression in gender equality

Added: 13.01.2018 6:06 | 1 views | 0 comments

Sadiq Khan had a speech on gender equality halted by hecklers who stormed a conference and called for the London Mayor to be arrested.

From: www.standard.co.uk

Boris Johnson tears into Sadiq Khan and brands him a 'puffed up pompous popinjay' over Trump criticism

Added: 12.01.2018 9:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

Boris Johnson has waded into the row over Donald Trump's cancelled visit to London as he launched a scathing attack on his successor as Mayor Sadiq Khan.

From: www.standard.co.uk

Boris Johnson wades in to row over Donald Trump's London visit with dig at Sadiq Khan

Added: 12.01.2018 8:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

Boris Johnson has waded into the row over Donald Trump's cancelled visit to London as he launched a scathing attack on his successor as Mayor Sadiq Khan.

From: www.standard.co.uk

Trump cancels U.K. trip, blames Obama for Bush-era embassy deal

Added: 12.01.2018 6:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

Trump's decision was greeted with relief by London's Mayor Sadiq Khan who said Trump had "finally got the message" that he was not welcome in the capital.

From: www.nbcnews.com

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