London Tory assembly members accuse Sadiq Khan of manipulating ULEZ consultation findings.

After internal email that seemed to contradict remarks the London Mayor had made on the subject, Conservative Party London Assembly Member Nick Rogers filed a formal complaint against Mr Khan with the Greater London Authority Monitoring Officer.

When repeatedly questioned by Tory assembly members in open sessions, M  Khan and his deputy Seb Dance—a former member of the European Parliament—told the London Assembly that they had not been informed in advance of the findings of the ULEZ survey.

Internal emails, which were made public today, show that the Mayor was, in fact, privately informed on the ULEZ survey findings on September 29 before to their official publication.

More than 200 pages of internal email as well as papers from the Mayor’s top advisors and TfL directors from the last several weeks of the ULEZ consultation process are included in the records that were made public today.

The Tories assert that the evidence supports their assertion that the Mayor’s office interfered with the consultation process, distorting the findings and lowering the number of people opposed to Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ extension.

Drivers will have to pay £12.50 per day to drive in London if their car is older than 2015 for diesel and 2005 for petrol as a result of the decision to extend ULEZ to outside London.

Thousands of replies, 90% of which opposed the expansion, were also removed from the final ULEZ survey findings, according to the records, after an intervention by the Mayor’s top advisors.

In the final tally, the intervention reduced total opposition from 62% to 59%, a 3 percentage point decrease.

A spokesman for Mr Khan responded to the accusations: “The real scandal is that toxic air leads to the death of thousands of Londoners every year, which is why the Mayor took the difficult decision to expand the ULEZ London-wide. 

“The Mayor made the decision after considering TfL’s full final report on the consultation responses.  

“The consultation was not a referendum, however, TfL made a number of modifications to the scheme following feedback received in the consultation. This included addressing cost of living concerns with a £110m scrappage scheme for low-income Londoners and extending the exemptions for disabled Londoners.

“TfL takes its responsibility to run robust and legally compliant consultations extremely seriously, with an independent consultancy putting together the final analysis and report, and any suggestion that TfL or the Mayor has sought to influence the results of the ULEZ consultation is simply untrue.

“As part of a rigorous consultation process, it was right for TfL to seek responses from as wide a range of Londoners as possible, including young Londoners – whose lives will be affected by air pollution for years to come.” 

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