Sadiq Khan claims London NOT LESS SAFE despite surge in crime since he became Mayor – Express

Sadiq Khan claims London \NOT LESS SAFE\ despite surge in crime since he became Mayor - Express

Donald Trump: US president joins royals at state banquet

Conservative councillors released their ‘Cost of Khan 3’ report that has shown a major increase in crime levels since Mr Khan took over as Mayor in May 2016. The report, commissioned by the GLA Conservatives, claims that residential burglary has increased by 37 percent and robbery by almost 60 percent. The 2018 homicide rate of 135 deaths is a 24 percent increase since 2016 and is the highest number of fatalities on London’s streets since 2008. 

The report claims that knife crime has increased by 52 percent over the last three years, but Express.co.uk found this figure to be around a 49 percent increase from May 2016 to April 2019. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Khan said: “Oh it’s not less safe, that’s the first thing. We’ve made huge progress in the last three years.” The Mayor has claimed some 20 times over three years that central Government is to blame for the increase in crime rates on London’s streets. 

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In March, Mr Khan claimed the investment that City Hall contribute “doesn’t fill the massive hole left by the Government”, while declaring in January that “cuts from the Government to the Met police aren’t sustainable.” 

Trump engaged in his war of words with Mr Khan before he even touched down in the UK for his state visit on Monday. In an attack on the London Mayor, Trump labelled him as a “stone cold loser” before likening him to New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio whom he also labelled as “dumb”. Speaking on BBC Newsnight, however, Republican National Committee speaker, Elizabeth Harrington accused Mr Khan of being incredibly “rude and divisive”.

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The GLA report blames Mr Khan of adopting a “not me guv” attitude in an attempt to avoid blame, even accusing “drill music, the middle classes and even boredom” for the massive increase in crime rates on his streets. The report continues: “One of Sadiq Khan’s flagship policies in his manifesto was to make London a safer and more secure place. Unfortunately for Londoners, it is quite clear that this has so far been an outright failure.” 

The report was released just days before several Conservative leadership candidates put security at the top of their agenda. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has promised 20,000 extra police officers “pounding the pavements” in order to lower rising crime. While Jeremy Hunt has an increase in defence spending at the top of his bill. 

“He is not trying to interfere shamelessly in the Conservative party leadership race by backing Boris Johnson because he believes it would enable him to gain an ally in Number 10 for his divisive agenda.”

Conservative GLA leader Gareth Bacon claims a City Hall amendment had identified some £83 million of wasteful spending which could have funded an extra 1,738 police officers but, according to him, the plan was rejected by Mr Khan.

Ms Harrington also praised Trump for the speech he gave at the Queen’s banquet where he highlighted the relationship between the UK and US while also lavishing praise on Her Majesty.

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A spokesman for the Mayor said: “Knife and violent crime is slowing in the capital, but Sadiq is absolutely clear that it remains unacceptably high – across the country – as a direct consequence of the crippling cuts the Government has made to the police and preventative services since 2010.”

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Buckingham Palace provided the sumptuous backdrop for the US president, who had long desired the endorsement of an official state visit, and took the opportunity to bring four of his five children with him.

“This is a man who also tried to exploit Londoners fears following a horrific terrorist attack on our city, amplified the Tweets of a British far-right racist group.

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At the white-tie-and-tiara affair for 170 guests in the grand ballroom, his daughters, Ivanka and Tiffany, and sons Donald Jnr and Eric joined politicians, including the prime minister, royals, dignitaries and business people.

The Mayor had said before Trump’s arrival: “President Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a glowing global threat.

Trump was seated between the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall, while the first lady, Melania Trump, was placed next to the Prince of Wales. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also on the top table.

In defence on the Mayor, Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn turned down an invitation to the Queen’s banquet on Monday.

Shortly before Air Force One touched down at Stansted airport Trump launched a Twitter tirade against his old adversary Sadiq Khan, condemning the mayor of London as a stone cold loser, comments the mayors office rebuffed as childish insults.

Mr Corbyn, however, will attend a protest against the US President where he will give a speech at the rally.

Show Hide Travelling Trumps When Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, arrive for a state visit to the UK on 3 June, they will reportedly be joined by the presidents four adult children and their spouses. Heres who is in the family entourage:

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Ivanka is Trumps oldest daughter and works in the White House (unpaid) as an adviser to the president. Trump has relied on her often for overseas diplomacy, including sitting in for him briefly at a G20 summit, and he said he had considered naming her to head the World Bank. She has visited Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast on behalf of the administration to promote womens rights. Before her fathers presidency, Trump ran her own fashion line.

Trumps son-in-law is a White House senior adviser and the administrations envoy to the Middle East (also unpaid). With his wife Ivanka he has also been the subject of a host of controversies – with a whistleblower alleging they were granted sensitive security clearances over the objections of career security experts. He has also been accused of conflicts of interest over his familys sprawling real-estate empire. Kushner wears many hats in Washington. He is supposed to come up with a Middle East peace plan, as well as US immigration policy.

Trumps eldest son and his brother, Eric, run their fathers business empire while he is in the White House. Officially, Trump Jr is executive vice-president of the Trump Organization. It was Trump Jr who met a Russian lawyer in an infamous Trump Tower meeting in New York in 2016, after the Russian offered him election dirt on the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Kushner also attended. Although accepting campaign help from foreign nationals is illegal, the special counsel Robert Mueller said after investigating that there was not enough evidence to prove meeting participants knew they were breaking the law. Trump Jr may be accompanied by his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host.

Eric Trump is the co-leader of the Trump Organization during his fathers presidency. He has defended his father from accusations of racism, and called the presidents critics not even people. He is parodied on the weekly US satirical comedy TV show Saturday Night Live and elsewhere as the not-so-sharp Trump brother, though supporters call this portrayal inaccurate. Most recently, a watchdog group has been pressing to find out how much it cost taxpayers when Eric and members of one of the familys golf clubs travelled to Scotland to play the links.

Lara Trump is a campaign adviser to Donald Trumps re-election campaign and wife to Eric. A vocal defender of her father-in-law, she recently made headlines by saying the decision to let in large numbers of migrants fleeing war- and poverty-torn countries for Europe was one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany.

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Tiffany is the lowest profile of Trumps adult children and his only child with second wife Marla Maples. She headed to London ahead of the rest of her family. The 25-year-old is a graduate student at Georgetown Law in Washington DC. She travelled to the Cannes film festival earlier this month with her wealthy boyfriend, in a trip that has drawn scrutiny over its cost to taxpayers in terms of security for the presidential daughter.

Thank you for your feedback. However, by the time the presidents helicopter, Marine One, landed at Buckingham Palace for his long-desired ceremonial visit, he was wreathed in smiles, with his arrival marked by two 41-gun salutes, a guard of honour and a white-tie-and-tiara banquet.

More than 100 protesters demonstrated outside the gates of Buckingham Palace against the US president being handed the red-carpet treatment and more than 250,000 protesters are expected to take to Londons streets on Tuesday, when the Trump baby blimp is expected to appear once again.

The state visit, which is the 113th hosted by the Queen, brought together two dynasties, one ancient, one fledgling, as Trump combined the official visit with a family jaunt.

Trumps daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, a presidential adviser, watched from a palace balcony as the president and the first lady were greeted warmly by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on the palace lawn, with Trump holding on to Prince Charless hand for 10 seconds.

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The president was then officially welcomed by the Queen on the palace steps where they shared a slightly awkward half handshake.

Accompanied by Charles, and to a medley of American service tunes played by the band of the Grenadier Guards, Trump inspected the guard of honour by the Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards. The first couple later joined the Queen, Charles and Camilla, Prince Harry and other royals for a private lunch, also attended by Ivanka and Kushner.

The Queen presented him with a first edition of The Second World War by Winston Churchill and a three-piece pen set bearing the royal cypher.

But on a tour of Royal Collection artefacts in the palaces picture gallery, Trump was shown the pewter horse he gave the Queen on his last visit. Asked if he recognised it, he replied no, at which point Melania jumped in, saying: Yes, this is one of ours. Trump did better when he was shown a book of tartans opened at the yellow design of his Scottish Hebridean mothers MacLeod clan. Thats my tartan, he said immediately.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Donald Trump and the Prince of Wales. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA At the banquet, Ivanka was seated between Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, and the Countess of Wessex, while Kushner was placed next to Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, and Princess Anne.

Prince Harry was absent from the dinner. Corbyn and the Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Vince Cable, had already declined to attend.

Guests dined on a starter of steamed fillet of halibut followed by saddle of Welsh lamb and a strawberry sable dessert. Trump is teetotal, though the meal was accompanied by four wines – champagne, white, red, port – and water.

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Six glasses were set for each guest, including a champagne glass for the toast when the Queen and Trump both referenced D-day and the shared sacrifices of both nations during the second world war. The Queen stressed a war legacy that had highlighted the importance of nations working together, but Trumps emphasis was on how Britain had stood alone.

Referring to the Normandy landings, the Queen said: As we face the new challenges of the 21st century, the anniversary of D-day reminds us of all that our countries have achieved together. After the shared sacrifices of the second world war, Britain and the United States worked with other allies to build an assembly of international institutions, to ensure the horrors of conflict would never be repeated. While the world has changed, we are forever mindful of the original purpose of these structures: nations working together to safeguard a hard-won peace.

In his response, Trump praised the Queen as a great, great woman who embodied the spirit of dignity, duty and patriotism that beats proudly in every British heart. He paid tribute to the leadership shown by the royal family during the war and said Britain had stood alone in the Blitz.

In that dark hour, the people of this nation showed the world what it means to be British, he said. The courage of the United Kingdoms sons and daughters ensured that your destiny would always remain in your own hands.

When he arrived in the country, the presidential plane was met at Stansted by the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Even as it was taxiing in, Trump was launching his broadside against Khan, who has criticised Britain rolling out the red carpet for the visit.

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The president tweeted: Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly nasty to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.

The president then appeared to use some downtime at the US ambassadors residence to indulge another favourite pastime, venting his anger on Twitter on the topics of fake news, China, and the US broadcaster CNN. Just arrived in the United Kingdom. The only problem is that CNN is the primary source of news available from the US, he tweeted before condemning it as All negative & so much Fake News.

In the evening, he tweeted: London part of trip is going really well. The Queen and the entire Royal family have been fantastic. The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong. Tremendous crowds of well wishers and people that love our Country.

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Havent seen any protests yet, but Im sure the Fake News will be working hard to find them. Great love all around. Also, big Trade Deal is possible once UK gets rid of the shackles.

Hastily offered by Theresa May after Trumps inauguration, the state visit brings down the curtain on her troubled premiership. Trump was vocal before his visit in criticising her handling of Brexit.

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Given both, there was no surprise when it emerged on Monday that there would be no formal one-to-one between the president and the prime minister. Instead, the two will meet alongside their aides on Tuesday. Asked whether the president had preferred to hold a one-to-one meeting, Mays spokesman said: Im sure the answer to that is no.

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Read more Waving banners emblazoned with messages declaring the president was evil, scores of protesters blowing whistles and horns massed on a green outside the palace. Demonstrators, many of who were clutching signs urging people to just say no to the special relationship, chanted: Donald Trumps not welcome here.

Outside Buckingham Palace, Weyman Bennett, 54, the co-convenor of Stand up to Racism, who helped organise the protest, said the state visit represented an insult to peoples basic decent values and should have been cancelled.

He added: Sometimes you have to say to a bully theyre wrong and stand up for basic rights. Hes threatened nuclear war, hes behaved like a boorish idiot, he doesnt even respect basic diplomatic values.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Donald Trump inspects an honour guard at Buckingham Palace. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Before the banquet, the Trumps took tea at Clarence House with Charles and Camilla, and laid a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, accompanied by the Duke of York.

Trumps visit culminates on Wednesday when he will join the Queen during commemorations of the 75th anniversary of D-day in Portsmouth. He will be escorted by May on a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, from which Winston Churchill directed British forces during the second world war.

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