Shaun Bailey told Express.co.uk that his motivation for becoming the Mayor of London is not sparked from party politics but instead from a desire to improve the quality of life for Londoners. Mr Bailey slammed the current London Mayor’s record as woeful and stated that Mr Khan’s predecessor Boris Johnson was light-years ahead of him.
Mr Bailey said: “I have two secret weapons to beat Sadiq Khan.
“One this is not a party political thing for me, this is about appealing to Londoners that have to work for a living.
“The vast majority of London works so hard just to make ends meet, my politics is about making that journey through life a little bit easier, safer and more pleasurable.
“The other thing is Sadiq Khan, his record is woeful, it is a simple fact.
Shaun Bailey is the Conservative Party’s candidate for London Mayor
Shaun Bailey slammed Sadiq Khan’s record as Mayor
“Both Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson were lightyears ahead of him. London can do better.”
He continued: “If you look at the tactics of Sadiq Khan – never taking responsibility, always passing the buck, never having decent financial management and always making poor decisions once he has been forced to make a decision.
“Those things will not go away, he will not improve.
“All the time London is losing ground and I think Londoners are really beginning to understand that.”
During the same interview, Mr Bailey criticised Mr Khan for his “poor relationship” with the UK Government – amid the coronavirus crisis – and claimed he broke the trust of Boris Johnson.
Shaun Bailey told Express.co.uk that Mr Khan broke the confidence of the Government in a very worrying way by letting slip information he heard during a COBRA meeting regarding the possibility of schools closing in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Bailey said: “I would love to ask him why he has such a poor relationship with the Government and why did he break their trust, which now means he cannot deliver for Londoners.
“He was invited to a COBRA meeting after a lot of wrangling and the first thing he did was come out and break the confidence of that COBRA meeting in a very worrying way.
“He caused a panic by letting slip that schools may be closed before the general public knew.
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“That kind of thing causes a panic, he should be ashamed of himself.
“In that sense, the Government are right to hold him out because they cannot have debates privately about really important things because he lets the information slip.
“It is just disappointing and also it is serious, and I wish he hadn’t done things like that.”
“It is common knowledge and entirely unsurprising that the Mayor and some Ministers have disagreed on things – not least the recent TfL financial deal in which the Government insisted on punishing Londoners by raising fares, restricting free travel for over 60s and suspending free travel for under 18s altogether.
“Sadiq’s job is to stand up for Londoners’ interests. He makes no apologies for doing so.”