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With violent crime rising, the rate of housing being built in London falling, and the poor state of Transport for London, Mr Khan is facing increasing pressure over how he has run the country’s capital. Considering those factors, Express.co.uk is asking: “Will Sadiq Khan’s management of London spark collapse of Red Wall in the south?” London has become a last a stronghold for the Labour party in recent elections and was one of the few areas to vote for Jeremy Corbyn last December.
In the 2019 general election, the party won 49 seats in London, in comparison to the Tories’ 21.
But with so many issues arising in the capital, Mr Khan’s handling tenure as Mayor could cause the seats to turn blue in the future, thus destroying Labour’s Red Wall in the south.
Set to be one of the major themes throughout next year’s election, will be the rise in violent crime across the capital.
In the Office for National Statistics’ latest figures for crime in the capital in the year ending March 2020, there was a seven percent increase in offences involving knives or sharp instruments.
Indeed, homicides in the year in the capital also jumped by 28 percent, while the rest of the country saw just a seven percent increase.
The issue of knife crime has become a serious issue across the capital with the number of offences rising from 167 per 100,000 of the population in 2018 to 169 in 2019, according to Government statistics.
This issue was particularly highlighted by Mr Khan’s rival, Shaun Bailey, who will run as the Tory candidate.
He said: “We’ve had two record years in a row of homicide, we’ve had record levels of knife crime.
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“There have been record levels of rape, record levels of attacks on tubes over the last three or four years.
“It’s too late for us to say now crime is on a rise, it has been rising for some time.”
London’s crucial transport service has also faced increased pressure over the lack of money it has received during the pandemic with passenger numbers falling.
This week, Mr Khan insisted the service needs an extra £5billion funding package if it is to survive.
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TfL was handed a vital £1.6billion bailout in May which is due to expire October 17.
However, TfL needs £2billion from the second-half of next year and a further £2.9billion the following year if it is to survive.
This package for the TfL comes from a request submitted by the Mayor of London to the Exchequer.
This includes a £20.5billion fund to build more affordable homes in the capital ahead of Rishi Sunak’s spending review.
City Hall has set a target of 32,500 affordable homes to be built between 2021-26.
As revealed by executive member for Housing & Planning, and council leader for Barking & Dagenham, 58,000 people are living in temporary accommodation.
A further, 243,000 people remain on the council house waiting list.
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