Sadiq Khan condemns Boris's 20k extra police offer as he deflects questions on knife crime

The Mayor of London told interviewer Iain Dale during an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that Mr Johnson was not doing enough to quell Britain’s knife crime and that he needed even more police in the crime-striken Capital before citing Tory austerity as the cause for the out of control murder rate. He then went on to criticise the new Conservative Party leader for not meeting him since becoming Prime Minister three weeks ago. The Labour Mayor said: “We've got fewer police officers now than any time since 2003, while the population has risen by two million.

“Are the police worried about the lack of numbers? The answer is yes. Our police work so hard. They are under-resourced and over-stretched.

“We need more officers and so I'm using City Hall money - council tax and business rates - to recruit more, but we need central government to give us more support to reverse the cuts made.

“In the eight years before I became mayor, Boris Johnson never raised council tax to pay for police. In my first three years I've raised council tax the maximum I'm allowed to do by law to divert it to the police.

“Our police is funded by roughly 80 percent by central government and 20 percent by other sources. It's now gone down to 70 percent from central because I've raised other sources, but I can't fill the massive hole left by £1billion of cuts.”

Mr Khan said he had written to Mr Johnson after taking office in No10, but that he had not had a reply back yet.

He then called Mr Johnson a “liar” and said he had filled his new Cabinet with ministers in possession of “seriously obnoxious views”.

“I'm 48 years old and I can't remember a more right-wing government in my lifetime.

“There are people in his cabinet that have got seriously obnoxious views about a whole host of issues,' he said, citing those with opposition to abortion, LGBT-plus equality and teaching for children.”

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He and President Trump have locked horns on many occasions, with the US leader slamming the London Mayor for his failure to deal with the knife crime epidemic.

Mr Khan said of the President yesterday: “I have no idea what Donald Trump has against the Muslim Mayor of London.

“I challenge you to find any tweet that I've done proactively saying anything about Trump. In fact, the man's obsessed with me - I'm seriously worried.

“I'm the Mayor of London, I'm quite busy and haven't got the time to check my Twitter, let alone take the time to respond.

“This guy is President of the USA and if you get the chance, count how many times he's tweeted about me.”

He called Mr Trump a “poster boy for the far-right, racist movement around the world”.

Mrs May cut up to 21,000 police officers during her stint as Home Secretary.

Last year, more than 100 fatal stabbings took place in the Capital.

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