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Responding to the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube will be delayed, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said:

“With Boris Johnson’s blundering approach to launching the Night Tube, sadly this delay comes as little surprise. If you try and launch a major project without speaking to the people you’ll be relying on to deliver it, it’s never going to end well.

“Instead of hiding on the side-lines, Boris Johnson should have been at the forefront of negotiations, making sure staff  were happy and that the launch of the Night Tube was running to schedule. He now needs to be completely honest with Londoners about exactly when this service will be delivered and if nothing else offer some certainty to the capital’s businesses who need to put their own plans in place. And keeping his promise to Londoners wouldn't be a bad idea too. For Boris all too often he acts as if the words are enough.”

John Biggs AM comments on delay to launch of Night Tube

Responding to the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube will be delayed, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said: “With Boris Johnson’s blundering approach to...

Commenting on the announcement that that this week’s two tube strikes have been suspended, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East John Biggs said:

“Commuters across the capital will be breathing a deep sigh of relief at the news that this week’s strikes have been called off.

“Whilst it seems like negotiations are finally making some progress, the Mayor should now take this opportunity to speak with the unions and help draw this dispute to a close.

“Thus far the Mayor has been far too absent in this dispute. Londoners will remember that Boris Johnson was quick to claim the credit when announcing the Night Tube, but the second things got tricky he was nowhere to be seen. 

“There are now less than three weeks to go until the Night Tube is due to start. The Mayor needs to be straight with Londoners if that date is no longer viable, as further uncertainty could well mean businesses who are expecting the Night Tube to be running for the Rugby World Cup, are left out of pocket.”

John Biggs AM welcomes suspension of Tube strikes

Commenting on the announcement that that this week’s two tube strikes have been suspended, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East John Biggs said: “Commuters across the capital will...

London Assembly Member John Biggs has called for Mayor of London to come clean following reports from Property Week magazine that the he is planning to fix a target of 25% for affordable homes in the capital’s key Housing Zones and opportunity areas. If introduced, the target would effectively prevent local authorities from being able to negotiate the number of affordable homes on a development above the 25% threshold.

A 25% target would be far lower than those currently demanded by many local authorities. John Biggs AM has called on the Mayor to adopt far more ambitious targets for affordable housing provision and to allow local councils a say in what the affordable target should be for major developments in their area.

Commenting on the Property Week report, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said:

“For eight years Boris Johnson has failed to deliver the affordable homes we need; now he looks set to tie the hands of a future Mayor by setting a scandalously low target for affordable housing on major development sites. If true, not only would it stack the deck in developers favour, it would let them totally off the hook from their duty to provide the optimum number of affordable homes.

“You don’t get the affordable housing which London needs by being soft on developers and tying the hands of local authorities – we need as many affordable homes as possible. The capital’s housing crisis is growing by the day and people are crying out for homes that they can actually afford to live in. Instead of dealing with this challenge, Boris Johnson seems to be the only person in London who thinks that it’s acceptable for three-quarters of new homes to be unaffordable.”

Mayor’s secret plan for affordable home target of only 25% is “a scandal"

London Assembly Member John Biggs has called for Mayor of London to come clean following reports from Property Week magazine that the he is planning to fix a target of...

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