‘Sensible journalists look at facts’ Khan snaps at BBC reporter over housing grilling

Sadiq Khan makes dig at journalist during housing grilling

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Sadiq Khan hit out at the BBC reporter after being confronted about his pledge to deliver on 50,000 extra homes for Londoners in his 2016 electoral manifesto. The BBC journalist noted the Mayor of London not only had failed to meet his target but had also been forced to “lower” his expectations over the years. The reporter said: “You promised 50,000 new homes a year when you were standing for mayor in 2016.

“Then you had to lower the bar and still failed to meet that target.”

Mr Khan did not take well to the line of questioning and snapped: “Well, let’s look at the facts, it’s very important. A sensible journalist at the BBC, look at the facts.

“My manifesto in 2016 was quite clear which is far more homes are needed than are currently being built.

“What I promised to do in my manifesto was to ditch the dodgy definition the previous Mayor had of what affordable home was. Promise made, promise delivered.”

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Mr Khan has come under fire on several occasions during his tenure as Mayor of London when it comes to affordable housing.

Since the start of his mandate in 2016, Mr Khan has seen through the delivery of 28,657 new affordable properties – a little over 11,000 short of the number delivered under Boris Johnson’s second term.

The Mayor’s office however has dismissed claims of a lag and noted the number of new homes started in 2020 – 17,256 – was the highest since the Greater London Authority began to keep a record in 2003.

The Mayoral office has claimed the delay in delivering additional housing is the result of inadequate funding from the Government.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey fiercely hit out at Mr Khan for his housing strategy.

Mr Bailey said: “My plan to build 100,000 [each] for £100,000 does something very different.

“It gives young people a real step onto the housing ladder and hope of owning their own home.

“When I speak to Londoners, 87 percent of Londoners say they want to own their own home.”

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He added: “Sadiq Khan is blocking that, he does not want people to own their own home.

“That is why he is only building homes to rent and I am building homes to buy and homes to rent.

“The way to summarise that, he wants to make many more landlords, I want to make many more homeowners.

“That is my goal to get many more people to own their homes.”

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