Khan doubles down on Ulez expansion after Uxbridge defeat for Labour

By-election defeat for Labour in West London has not deterred London mayor from expanding low-emission zone, reports Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter

Sadiq Khan is determined to expand Ulez (inset)
Sadiq Khan is determined to expand Ulez (inset)

Sadiq Khan has vowed to press ahead with his expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) on 29th August, despite Labour losing a crucial by-election in an area affected by the plan.

The mayor said he was “disappointed” by the result – which has been widely interpreted by many as a Ulez protest vote – but that extending the clean air zone London-wide continued to be “really important”.

“We know every day that there are people dying prematurely,” said Khan. “There are children with stunted lungs because of air pollution, adults with a whole load of health issues.

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“So we’re going to carry on doing what we can to support Londoners [with the expansion].

“But the reality is that actually 95% of Londoners who drive a car in inner London have a compliant vehicle. In outer London, it’s around 90%.

“Clearly, we need to make sure that more Londoners with non-compliant vehicles have the support they need.”

He said he would “carry on listening” to Londoners about the expansion.

Former prime minister Boris Johnson held the West London seat with a majority of 7,210 in 2019, but the Tories retained it by just 495 votes over Labour in Thursday’s vote, triggered by Johnson’s resignation.

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner and frontbencher Steve Reed were among those blaming Ulez for the failure to take the West London constituency.

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