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Our firefighters do one of the most important jobs there is - helping to keep the rest of us safe - regardless of gender or background. Their heroic response in tackling this year's deadly terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower tragedy is only a small proportion of their tireless work to protect and support all of our communities.feedback
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Oct 15 2017
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It's ... true that we've got things wrong along the way. On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologize for the mistakes we've made.feedback

Non-transport sources contribute half of the deadly emissions in London, so we need a hard-hitting plan of action to combat them similar to moves I am taking to reduce pollution from road vehicles. With more than 400 schools located in areas exceeding legal pollution levels, and such significant health impacts on our most vulnerable communities, we cannot wait any longer, and I am calling on government to provide the capital with the necessary powers to effectively tackle harmful emissions from a variety of sources.feedback

I am doing everything with the powers I have at City Hall and it's now time for the government to step up by introducing a national diesel scrappage fund to rid our streets of dirty diesels, and to give me the powers I need to tackle non-transport sources of pollution.feedback

The shocking and illegal state of London's filthy air means once again I am triggering a 'high' air pollution alert today under my new comprehensive alert system. Safeguarding the health of Londoners from toxic air is an important priority for me as mayor. I am implementing the boldest policies of any city in the world, which includes introducing the T-charge next month to tackle emissions from the oldest polluting vehicles and bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and even tighter standards in April 2019.feedback

I appreciate Uber has an army of lawyers, they've also made aggressive threats about taking us to court and the rest of it. You can't have it both ways: On the one hand, acting in an aggressive manner for all sorts of things but on the other hand, brief to journalists that they want to do a deal with TfL.feedback

I want companies that abide by the rules, I want companies that innnovate, harbour new technologies, I want disruptive technology coming to London but you've got to play by the rules.feedback

The phrase used by police experts, counter-terror experts, in relation to terrorism is what we're seeing is not a spike but a shift. And the reason why they say that is because if you look at the time when Fusilier Lee Rigby was murdered in 2013 up until the Westminster Bridge attack this year, there were 13 terrorist attacks thwarted because of the excellent work of the police and security services. If you look at the time between March of this year and now, yes there have been four terrorist attacks (in London) but there have been seven that have been thwarted.feedback

Well of course it was a mixed picture around the country. My own constituency is a very white, working-class constituency, and the Labour vote went up by 12.5%. But I do recognise that we have to win those constituencies that in the past we have won to form a Labour government. And I accept that. And that is why one of the first things that we've done is we've carried on with the campaigning that we had over the general election.feedback

But their anger really should be directed at Uber. They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator. I want to be absolutely clear that there is a place in London for all private hire companies that play by the rules. I suspect it will take some time before this situation with Uber fully plays out.feedback

All private-hire operators in London need to play by the rules. The safety and security of Londoners must come first.feedback

Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security. I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners' safety and security. By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice. If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport.feedback

I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology and to be a natural home for exciting new companies that help Londoners by providing a better and more affordable service. However, all companies in London must play by the rules and adhere to the high standards we expect - particularly when it comes to the safety of customers. Providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.feedback

I suspect it will take some time before this situation with Uber fully plays out. In the meantime, I will continue to help support innovative businesses in London and to create a vibrant and safe taxi and private hire market.feedback

We're not schoolchildren. He's the president of the United States, so I'm unclear what his beef is with me.feedback

Our city is a hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship. That’s because it’s renowned as a place where everyone has to play by the same rules. From the steam engine to the web, Britain has a long history of inventing and embracing brilliant new technology, often with London leading the way with the very latest developments.feedback

It is important we all remain alert and vigilant. There will be an increased police presence across London today and over this weekend, including additional armed officers. They are there to keep us safe. London will never be intimidated by terrorism. We will always defeat those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life.feedback

You would appreciate I'm sure how inappropriate it would be, bearing in mind that this is quasi-judicial role that is played, for me as the Mayor of London and Chair of (transport regulator) TfL to give a running commentary. If for no other reason, because they would then challenge that in the courts and say that the outcome of the application had been pre-judged.feedback

It is shameful that children across London are breathing in toxic air simply by going to and from school and I am determined to do everything in my power to safeguard their health. These air quality audits are a big step towards helping some of the most polluted schools in London identify effective solutions to protect pupils from toxic fumes but, of course, this is only part of the solution.feedback

Next month, I will be launching my T-charge to rid central London of the oldest, most polluting vehicles and before the end of the year I will be announcing a decision on my plans to bring forward and extend the Ultra-Low Emission Zone along some of our busiest roads.feedback

My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services. London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism.feedback

It's my duty to ensure taxpayers' money is spent responsibly. Following the very serious issues highlighted in Dame Margaret Hodge's independent review of the bridge – including a funding gap of over £70 million, potentially unlimited costs to London taxpayers to fund the bridge in the future, systemic failings in the procurement process and decisions not being driven by value for money – I could not permit a single penny more of London taxpayers' money being spent on it.feedback

I have been clear since before I became mayor that no more London taxpayers' money should be spent on this project and when I took office I gave the Garden Bridge Trust time to try and address the multiple serious issues with it. Londoners will, like me, be very angry that London taxpayers have now lost tens of millions of pounds - committed by the previous mayor on a project that has amounted to nothing.feedback

As we complete the London-wide rollout, the cameras will also provide our officers with confidence in the transparency of their actions, as they continue their great work on the front line fighting crime and keeping our city safe.feedback

I committed to a not-for-profit energy company in my manifesto and my officers are taking this forward as part of the early work of Energy for Londoners. It is potentially a significant undertaking and so rigorous feasibility and business modelling will be carried out to determine the most appropriate structure and functions of the company in order to achieve the overarching objectives of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and alleviating fuel poverty in London.feedback

London is the greatest city for watching football. Fans come from across the city, across the country and across the globe to enjoy the London matchday experience. The foundation of London's success - including that of its football clubs - is safety. Thanks to many years of hard work between the Metropolitan Police Service and football clubs, fans have confidence that matches in London will be safe for them and their families to attend.feedback

That safety comes at a cost, and at a time when policing is so stretched, Londoners - myself included - are greatly concerned that the Met recoups so little of that cost from clubs, including those in the wealthiest football league in the world. I would welcome a meeting to ask you directly whether the Premier League will step up and make a bigger contribution to the policing of matchdays in London.feedback

Crossrail 2 is essential for the future prosperity of London and the south-east, so I'm pleased that the Transport Secretary and I have reached an agreement to take this vital project forward. We will continue to work together to ensure the project is value for money and provides the maximum benefits for jobs and growth in the region over the coming decades.feedback

I want to see everyone playing their part in tackling the housing crisis in London because it is simply unacceptable that Londoners continue to be priced out of the city they call home. We know that solving the housing crisis is not going to happen overnight, but I very much welcome so many housing associations and councils committing to build the new and genuinely affordable homes Londoners so desperately need.feedback

Transport for London (TfL) serves a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city, and provision of an inclusive transport service is at the heart of TfL's purpose. I am aware however, that some customers may not relate to or feel comfortable with the way that certain station announcements are made.feedback

Today, we face another wave of growth, the likes of which we've not seen for a century. In recent years, too much focus has been dedicated to developing the high-price, high-rise central London market. These expensive developments... haven't delivered the genuinely affordable homes ordinary Londoners desperately need.feedback

The key thing is not to detract from the great work of our fire service and the emergency services. I want to pay tribute to Newsnight for their report. There's going to be a public inquiry and a police investigation. I'm not willing to wait for that, though, so I've asked Dany Cotton, the commissioner of the London fire service, to carry out an urgent review.feedback

Notting Hill Carnival is a firm London tradition and incredibly important to the local community. It should not be moved. Look at this scumbag tryna using the Grenfell tragedy for their "get rid of carnival" agenda. We ain't buying it mate.feedback

The Notting Hill carnival is one of the world's biggest street festivals and has become a firm London tradition over many decades. It was born out of the African-Caribbean immigrant community in north Kensington and Notting Hill in the 1950s, and it's only right that this remains its home. Any attempt to impose a move to another location on the carnival, particularly at a time when the community has little trust in those in positions of authority, would be a mistake.feedback

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