The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said that he believes ULEZ is “why we lost in Uxbridge” and has urged the Mayor of London to “reflect” on next months proposed expansion.
The Conservative Party clung onto power with just a majority shy of 500 votes and Sir Keir claimed that it was always going to “be tough.”
The Labour leader said that they ULEZ expansion is “why we lost in Uxbridge,” he added, “We all need to reflect on that, including the mayor.”
Khan has insisted that ULEZ is the right decision saying, “But just like nobody will accept drinking dirty water, why accept dirty air?”
At the end of August ULEZ will be expanded to all of London’s borders which sees drivers having to pay £12.50 per day to drive in the zone if their car does not meet emissions standards.
Khan defended the by-election loss in Uxbridge, saying, “I have lived in London my entire life [and] this seat has never been Labour since I’ve been alive, including in 1997 in the Tony Blair landslide and the subsequent by-election a few months later.
“But I am quite clear though, the policy to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone is the right one.”
He added, that “Four million Londoners are already benefiting.
“What about the other five million in outer London, where there is the largest number of premature deaths?
“The 10 boroughs with the largest number of premature deaths are in outer London [and] it is the poorest Londoners who are least likely to own a car that suffer the consequences.”