Khan Hosts £300k Beach Party After Claiming ‘No Money’ To Fight Knife Crime
The £300,000 event will last for five weeks during the summer holidays
London Mayor Sadiq Khan faced backlash for bankrolling a £300,000 summer beach party in the capital while claiming just months ago he couldn't tackle knife crime due to a shortage of funds.
'Liberal' Khan came under fire from politicians after they learned about the Royal Docks event in East London which received financial help from the Mayor’s office.
The £300,000 event will last for five weeks during the summer holidays.
Khan's office claimed the money is ring-fenced and can only be spent in the local area as part of a deal to devolve business rates to local authorities.
But critics said that taxpayers’ money could be better spent on tackling the city's exploding knife crime and save lives.
Conservative London Assembly Member Susan Hall said:
“Sadiq Khan’s Beach Party may have been re-branded a Splash Party, but that doesn’t change the fact that this event represents a shocking waste of taxpayers’ money.
“With knife crime in Newham surging by 12 percent on Sadiq Khan’s watch, young east Londoners need protection rather than a taxpayer-subsidized paddling pool.
“The Mayor should scrap this £300,000 event and use the money instead to keep Newham residents safe.
“This absurd situation would be funny if it wasn’t such a shocking indictment of this Mayor’s skewed priorities.
Last year, Khan announced plans to slash the number of police in the UK capital.
In March, he said 'I've done all I can' as he was grilled over his complete failure of tackling London's violent knife crime epidemic in an interview with Sky News.
The London Mayor claimed he had done 'as much as I am allowed to do under the law' by raising taxes and using business rates funds to invest in policing.
A spokesman for the Mayor of London said:
“The Royal Docks is set to become a major new district for London with up to 60,000 jobs and 25,500 new affordable homes. It is set to attract more than £8 billion of investment by 2037/38.
“This summer we will be launching the Join The Docks festival with a range of activities for the local community, including a new Kids Summer Splash event.
“This community festival is funded entirely from local business rates, which must be used for the regeneration of the Royal Docks.
“It is a small but crucial part of the wider £212.5million investment program and is key to supporting the local community in the Royal Docks.”