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The UK parliament's influential Business, Innovation,

and Skills BIS select committee is worried Airbnb is driving up

property prices in London and has asked Sadiq Khan whether the

Iain Wright, chair of the BIS select committee, has written to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ask whether he

thinks greater restrictions should be placed on Airbnb hosts.

Here is the key passage from the letter, dated Wednesday emphasis ours : "During my Committee's recent inquiry into the Digital Economy,

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Gary Wynn 2021-05-08
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Sadiq Khan was re-elected to a second term as London's mayor on Saturday, as had been widely expected.
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100 London business people signed the letter endorsing Sadiq Khan for re-election to the city on May 6.
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned it is “increasingly likely” that additional lockdown measures will soon be needed in the capital to curb the spread of coronavirus

Speaking just hours after prime minister Boris Johnson warned that the UK is seeing a “second wave coming in”, Khan said London leaders were considering restrictions that have already been introduced in other parts of the country.

“I am of the firm view that we should not wait, as happened six months ago, for this virus to again spiral out of control before taking action,” the mayor said. 

“The best thing for both public health and the economy is new restrictions imposed early, rather than a full lockdown when it’s too late – but the government must ensure there is a fully functioning testing system.”  

The warning comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the UK, with 4,322 new cases reported on Friday – the highest figure in more than four months. 

Official estimates by the government puts the R – or reproduction – rate of the virus between 1.1 and 1.4 in London, meaning every 10 people with Covid-19 are now likely to infect between 11 and 14 people. 

Experts believe the virus is growing by between 3% and 7% each day in the capital. 

Khan said he was “extremely concerned” by evidence he had seen on Friday “about the accelerating speed at which Covid-19 is now spreading here in London”.

“This is made worse by the uncertainty caused by the lack of testing capacity in the capital,” he said. 

Urging Londoners to be careful over the weekend, he called on people to follow social distancing rules, wash their hands and wear a face covering in public.

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News: The deal allows other cities across the world to benefit from London's contactless ticketing technology.

Transport for London TfL has licensed its contactless payment system to US-based Cubic Transportation Systems CTS in a deal worth about £15m.

The agreement is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan s plan to generate more money for TfL by selling their best practice to other transport hubs.

Sadiq Khan said: 'I made a firm commitment to sell Transport for London's expertise around the globe.

We will use the income from those deals for further investment in new infrastructure and to freeze TfL fares.'

The deal will see CTS adapt London's contactless ticketing system globally to work with existing transport systems in other cities.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants big tech firms to work with politicians to end hate speech and election meddling.

Speaking at Business Insider's UK Tech 100 party, he said collaboration will be critical to putting things right, rather than snuffing out innovation with regulation.

It looks increasingly likely that Britain is going to introduce new regulations for Silicon Valley's behemoths.

The mayor wants London to be the tech capital of the world.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on tech companies like Facebook and Twitter to work with lawmakers to put right some of their missteps in recent years.

Speaking at Business Insider's UK Tech 100 party on Thursday night, Khan said there are "challenges facing the digital sector" and that collaboration, rather than heavy-handed regulation, will be needed to put things right.

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The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pulled out of appearing at Advertising Week Europe today (23 March) in light of yesterday’s terror attack on Westminster.

The event’s organiser told attendees that Khan is “dealing with the events of yesterday and is required elsewhere”.

The mayor, who was featured prominently in Ad Week 2017’s marketing collateral as part of his office’s LondonIsOpen campaign, was due on stage with Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands – who will soon be controversially replaced by George Osborne.

Hosted in London’s Piccadilly, the event as a whole appears largely unaffected by yesterday’s attack on the capital, although bag checks have noticeably ramped up at the main venue of Picturehouse Central.

This morning US politician and environmentalist filmmaker Al Gore kicked off the final day of the conference by expressing his solidarity with – and condolences to – London.

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Michael Wilson 2019-01-01

Sadiq Khan has prompted fury from Brexit-supporters after lighting up the London Eye in the colours of the EU flag during last night’s New Year fireworks display.

The words “London is open” rang in 2019 with a dazzling riverside display and the phrase was spoken in seven languages around two minutes past midnight as the city skyline filled with lights in the largest annual display in Europe.

Tonight's spectacular LondonNYE fireworks showed that whatever the outcome of Brexit - LondonIsOpen - to business, to talent, to ideas, to creativity - and why London really is the greatest city in the world.

To everyone in London and across the globe: HappyNewYearpic.twitter.com/vjGBANrGBL

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 1, 2019

A soundtrack featuring Europe’s finest musical artists celebrated the diversity of the capital, after Big Ben, silent for much of 2018 due to renovations, chimed once more.

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News: Barclays said to have helped 2,500 businesses set up in the city after the referendum.

London s business community along with Mayor Sadiq Khan are eager to stress that the capital is open for business post Brexit.

To boost these claims Barclays announced that it had helped 2,500 businesses set up in the city after the Brexit vote which saw the UK vote to leave the EU.

To support the message being pushed by senior business leaders from Google, Barclays, Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Sherry Couto, and the Mayor, a campaign with the hasthtag LondonIsOpen has been launched.

The idea is to show that London is united and open for business following the referendum result.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: Entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors cite London s talent, creativity, innovation and dynamism as key to its long-term success.

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Sadiq Khan sets out the worst case scenario for a hard Brexit as London’s tech sector is hit hard, crashing a successful year.

A hard Brexit deal could prove disastrous for the technology sector as Mayor Sadiq Khan releases an analysis report of the worst-case Brexit scenarios.

Khan’s analysis revealed that across the country a total of 92,000 fewer new jobs will be available as a result of a hard Brexit, leaving London alone with 11,000 fewer jobs.

In addition to the number of new jobs lost, a hard Brexit could prove a disaster for the London economy, possibly resulting in as much as £2 billion less economic output (gross value added) in the capital.

If the analysis were to become a reality, the losses would certainly wipe-out all the gains the tech sector has seen in the UK.

This was in addition to London bring named the Unicorn capital of Europe, as Silicon Valley investors chose the UK over European rivals.

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Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced today a number of efforts to boost digital connectivity across the capital and tackle areas of poor connectivity.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced today a number of efforts to boost digital connectivity across the capital and tackle areas of poor connectivity around London.

After reports that the UK is placed outside the Top 30 for Global Broadband speeds, The Mayor of London looks to make improvements across the City in order to benefit residents and businesses.

With a growing technology sector including over 40,000 digital technology businesses employing almost 200,000 people, London is regarded as Europe’s leading technology hub.

However, many areas across London suffer from poor digital connections, dubbed ‘Not-Spots’, with specialist teams now having been appointed to help tackle the problem.

“But our digital connectivity needs to be improved – internet connectivity is now a key public utility, and it is no surprise that some businesses see poor connectivity as a barrier to growth.”

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan keeps pushing the mantra ‘London is Open’ – but will Uber ban close the city off?

The shock ruling will potentially put 40,000 drivers out of a job, with many calling out the decision at being at odds with the city’s ‘London is open’ mantra employed by the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan.

Post-Brexit, the London mayor has been championing the city as one of the leading tech hubs of the world, vocally positioning the city ahead of every other European competitor in terms of tech.

Back in July, Khan reeled off a who’s who of big tech names in support of London’s position as a tech leader:

“London is open, it is not simply a concept or a strapline, it is a state of mind.

It is evidenced by the last twelve months – in the last twelve months we have had Apple, a big investment in London, Google, another big investment in London, Facebook, Snapchat, and I could go on.”

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Billy Haigh 2019-02-26
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It feels like everything in the UK is a mess right now, but even so, Crossrail gets the Omnishambles medal.

After major changes in management and a whopping £1.4 billion bailout in December, Elizabeth Line bosses announced at the beginning of February that there's no chance the line will open as planned this year.

Now Sadiq Khan has chimed in to say we won't even get an opening date for the line this year, but that we might get an estimate by the end of this quarter.

The next stage of the line was supposed to open in December 2018, then it got pushed to "Autumn 2019," and now it's just "we have no idea."

According to City AM, Sadiq Khan has said chief exec Mark Wild can't give any dates "with confidence" but that we might have a guess by the end of the current financial quarter, which finishes in April.

Crossrail Chairman Nick Raynsford recently made a speech taking the same position:

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Twitter, Facebook and others must take on a ‘stronger duty of care’ or face tighter state controls, Sadiq Khan is to say at South by Southwest

London mayor Sadiq Khan is to take the stage at the South by Southwest technology, music and media event on Monday to warn tech giants they must better regulate themselves if they wish to avoid tougher state controls.

Khan is the first British politician to speak at the event, following in the footsteps of the likes of Barack Obama.

He is to emphasise some of the negative effects of the current relative lack of regulation, which he will term a “dereliction of duty” on the part of politicians, according to a preview of his speech.

Those effects include the spread of hate speech online, and Khan is expected to read out some of the racist and abusive tweets he has received since taking office.

“Social media platforms already have a legal obligation to remove content that breaks local laws,” he is to say.

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Uber and London don't have the best relationship at the moment.

Transport for London refused to renew the company's operating licence last year, and while Uber made enough changes for the courts to temporarily renew it's right to operate within the capital things aren't back to normal.

Now London Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed he wants there to be a cap on the number of Uber drivers within London, in a bid to reduce congestion and pollution.

Khan said that the cap was an "urgent and necessary" step, but noted that he's not actually able to make that happen right now.

For this reason he's called on the government to grant him extra powers to help limit the number of private hire vehicles within the capital, which are often blamed for worsening central London's rising pollution and congestion.

Presumably, while Khan name-dropped Uber, he would be placing this hypothetical cap on all private hire firms.

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C-Level Briefing: CBR talks to Tech London Advocates founder Russ Shaw on Sadiq Khan's role in making London the tech capital of the world.

At the beginning of this month, 9th May, Boris Johnson left his home of eight years, City Hall.

He also has some serious tech credentials having previously held the role of Vice President & General Manager of Skype and Global Innovation Director at Telefonica.

He wanted to understand the need to have more and more people with deeper and broader digital skills and wanted to make sure that we don't create a digital divide as part of it.

"I go back to President Obama when he was running for president, he said, 'I'm not just going to focus on one issue, I need to multi-task', and I think Mayor Khan needs to come in and multi-task."

"He Khan has always been very forthcoming saying 'I am going to need your help', 'I want you to work with me' and I think he wants to be a very pro-business, pro-tech mayor.

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Charles Gilbert 2016-09-15
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The UK parliament's influential Business, Innovation,

and Skills BIS select committee is worried Airbnb is driving up

property prices in London and has asked Sadiq Khan whether the

Iain Wright, chair of the BIS select committee, has written to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to ask whether he

thinks greater restrictions should be placed on Airbnb hosts.

Here is the key passage from the letter, dated Wednesday emphasis ours : "During my Committee's recent inquiry into the Digital Economy,

Thomas Gibson 2021-04-24
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100 London business people signed the letter endorsing Sadiq Khan for re-election to the city on May 6.
Jason Kowalski 2016-07-14
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News: The deal allows other cities across the world to benefit from London's contactless ticketing technology.

Transport for London TfL has licensed its contactless payment system to US-based Cubic Transportation Systems CTS in a deal worth about £15m.

The agreement is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan s plan to generate more money for TfL by selling their best practice to other transport hubs.

Sadiq Khan said: 'I made a firm commitment to sell Transport for London's expertise around the globe.

We will use the income from those deals for further investment in new infrastructure and to freeze TfL fares.'

The deal will see CTS adapt London's contactless ticketing system globally to work with existing transport systems in other cities.

Stuart Smith 2017-03-23
img

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pulled out of appearing at Advertising Week Europe today (23 March) in light of yesterday’s terror attack on Westminster.

The event’s organiser told attendees that Khan is “dealing with the events of yesterday and is required elsewhere”.

The mayor, who was featured prominently in Ad Week 2017’s marketing collateral as part of his office’s LondonIsOpen campaign, was due on stage with Evening Standard editor Sarah Sands – who will soon be controversially replaced by George Osborne.

Hosted in London’s Piccadilly, the event as a whole appears largely unaffected by yesterday’s attack on the capital, although bag checks have noticeably ramped up at the main venue of Picturehouse Central.

This morning US politician and environmentalist filmmaker Al Gore kicked off the final day of the conference by expressing his solidarity with – and condolences to – London.

Harold Roscoe 2016-08-05
img

News: Barclays said to have helped 2,500 businesses set up in the city after the referendum.

London s business community along with Mayor Sadiq Khan are eager to stress that the capital is open for business post Brexit.

To boost these claims Barclays announced that it had helped 2,500 businesses set up in the city after the Brexit vote which saw the UK vote to leave the EU.

To support the message being pushed by senior business leaders from Google, Barclays, Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Sherry Couto, and the Mayor, a campaign with the hasthtag LondonIsOpen has been launched.

The idea is to show that London is united and open for business following the referendum result.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: Entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors cite London s talent, creativity, innovation and dynamism as key to its long-term success.

Frances Hill 2017-08-10
img

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced today a number of efforts to boost digital connectivity across the capital and tackle areas of poor connectivity.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced today a number of efforts to boost digital connectivity across the capital and tackle areas of poor connectivity around London.

After reports that the UK is placed outside the Top 30 for Global Broadband speeds, The Mayor of London looks to make improvements across the City in order to benefit residents and businesses.

With a growing technology sector including over 40,000 digital technology businesses employing almost 200,000 people, London is regarded as Europe’s leading technology hub.

However, many areas across London suffer from poor digital connections, dubbed ‘Not-Spots’, with specialist teams now having been appointed to help tackle the problem.

“But our digital connectivity needs to be improved – internet connectivity is now a key public utility, and it is no surprise that some businesses see poor connectivity as a barrier to growth.”

Billy Haigh 2019-02-26
img

It feels like everything in the UK is a mess right now, but even so, Crossrail gets the Omnishambles medal.

After major changes in management and a whopping £1.4 billion bailout in December, Elizabeth Line bosses announced at the beginning of February that there's no chance the line will open as planned this year.

Now Sadiq Khan has chimed in to say we won't even get an opening date for the line this year, but that we might get an estimate by the end of this quarter.

The next stage of the line was supposed to open in December 2018, then it got pushed to "Autumn 2019," and now it's just "we have no idea."

According to City AM, Sadiq Khan has said chief exec Mark Wild can't give any dates "with confidence" but that we might have a guess by the end of the current financial quarter, which finishes in April.

Crossrail Chairman Nick Raynsford recently made a speech taking the same position:

James Talbot 2018-08-15
img

Uber and London don't have the best relationship at the moment.

Transport for London refused to renew the company's operating licence last year, and while Uber made enough changes for the courts to temporarily renew it's right to operate within the capital things aren't back to normal.

Now London Mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed he wants there to be a cap on the number of Uber drivers within London, in a bid to reduce congestion and pollution.

Khan said that the cap was an "urgent and necessary" step, but noted that he's not actually able to make that happen right now.

For this reason he's called on the government to grant him extra powers to help limit the number of private hire vehicles within the capital, which are often blamed for worsening central London's rising pollution and congestion.

Presumably, while Khan name-dropped Uber, he would be placing this hypothetical cap on all private hire firms.

Gary Wynn 2021-05-08
img
Sadiq Khan was re-elected to a second term as London's mayor on Saturday, as had been widely expected.
Paul Jennette 2020-09-18
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan 

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned it is “increasingly likely” that additional lockdown measures will soon be needed in the capital to curb the spread of coronavirus

Speaking just hours after prime minister Boris Johnson warned that the UK is seeing a “second wave coming in”, Khan said London leaders were considering restrictions that have already been introduced in other parts of the country.

“I am of the firm view that we should not wait, as happened six months ago, for this virus to again spiral out of control before taking action,” the mayor said. 

“The best thing for both public health and the economy is new restrictions imposed early, rather than a full lockdown when it’s too late – but the government must ensure there is a fully functioning testing system.”  

The warning comes amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the UK, with 4,322 new cases reported on Friday – the highest figure in more than four months. 

Official estimates by the government puts the R – or reproduction – rate of the virus between 1.1 and 1.4 in London, meaning every 10 people with Covid-19 are now likely to infect between 11 and 14 people. 

Experts believe the virus is growing by between 3% and 7% each day in the capital. 

Khan said he was “extremely concerned” by evidence he had seen on Friday “about the accelerating speed at which Covid-19 is now spreading here in London”.

“This is made worse by the uncertainty caused by the lack of testing capacity in the capital,” he said. 

Urging Londoners to be careful over the weekend, he called on people to follow social distancing rules, wash their hands and wear a face covering in public.

Howard Marsh 2018-10-05
img

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants big tech firms to work with politicians to end hate speech and election meddling.

Speaking at Business Insider's UK Tech 100 party, he said collaboration will be critical to putting things right, rather than snuffing out innovation with regulation.

It looks increasingly likely that Britain is going to introduce new regulations for Silicon Valley's behemoths.

The mayor wants London to be the tech capital of the world.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on tech companies like Facebook and Twitter to work with lawmakers to put right some of their missteps in recent years.

Speaking at Business Insider's UK Tech 100 party on Thursday night, Khan said there are "challenges facing the digital sector" and that collaboration, rather than heavy-handed regulation, will be needed to put things right.

Michael Wilson 2019-01-01

Sadiq Khan has prompted fury from Brexit-supporters after lighting up the London Eye in the colours of the EU flag during last night’s New Year fireworks display.

The words “London is open” rang in 2019 with a dazzling riverside display and the phrase was spoken in seven languages around two minutes past midnight as the city skyline filled with lights in the largest annual display in Europe.

Tonight's spectacular LondonNYE fireworks showed that whatever the outcome of Brexit - LondonIsOpen - to business, to talent, to ideas, to creativity - and why London really is the greatest city in the world.

To everyone in London and across the globe: HappyNewYearpic.twitter.com/vjGBANrGBL

— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) January 1, 2019

A soundtrack featuring Europe’s finest musical artists celebrated the diversity of the capital, after Big Ben, silent for much of 2018 due to renovations, chimed once more.

Larry Armitage 2018-01-11
img

Sadiq Khan sets out the worst case scenario for a hard Brexit as London’s tech sector is hit hard, crashing a successful year.

A hard Brexit deal could prove disastrous for the technology sector as Mayor Sadiq Khan releases an analysis report of the worst-case Brexit scenarios.

Khan’s analysis revealed that across the country a total of 92,000 fewer new jobs will be available as a result of a hard Brexit, leaving London alone with 11,000 fewer jobs.

In addition to the number of new jobs lost, a hard Brexit could prove a disaster for the London economy, possibly resulting in as much as £2 billion less economic output (gross value added) in the capital.

If the analysis were to become a reality, the losses would certainly wipe-out all the gains the tech sector has seen in the UK.

This was in addition to London bring named the Unicorn capital of Europe, as Silicon Valley investors chose the UK over European rivals.

Jack Scharfenberg 2017-09-22
img

London Mayor Sadiq Khan keeps pushing the mantra ‘London is Open’ – but will Uber ban close the city off?

The shock ruling will potentially put 40,000 drivers out of a job, with many calling out the decision at being at odds with the city’s ‘London is open’ mantra employed by the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan.

Post-Brexit, the London mayor has been championing the city as one of the leading tech hubs of the world, vocally positioning the city ahead of every other European competitor in terms of tech.

Back in July, Khan reeled off a who’s who of big tech names in support of London’s position as a tech leader:

“London is open, it is not simply a concept or a strapline, it is a state of mind.

It is evidenced by the last twelve months – in the last twelve months we have had Apple, a big investment in London, Google, another big investment in London, Facebook, Snapchat, and I could go on.”

David Erb 2018-03-12
img

Twitter, Facebook and others must take on a ‘stronger duty of care’ or face tighter state controls, Sadiq Khan is to say at South by Southwest

London mayor Sadiq Khan is to take the stage at the South by Southwest technology, music and media event on Monday to warn tech giants they must better regulate themselves if they wish to avoid tougher state controls.

Khan is the first British politician to speak at the event, following in the footsteps of the likes of Barack Obama.

He is to emphasise some of the negative effects of the current relative lack of regulation, which he will term a “dereliction of duty” on the part of politicians, according to a preview of his speech.

Those effects include the spread of hate speech online, and Khan is expected to read out some of the racist and abusive tweets he has received since taking office.

“Social media platforms already have a legal obligation to remove content that breaks local laws,” he is to say.

Manuel Darcangelo 2016-05-19
img

C-Level Briefing: CBR talks to Tech London Advocates founder Russ Shaw on Sadiq Khan's role in making London the tech capital of the world.

At the beginning of this month, 9th May, Boris Johnson left his home of eight years, City Hall.

He also has some serious tech credentials having previously held the role of Vice President & General Manager of Skype and Global Innovation Director at Telefonica.

He wanted to understand the need to have more and more people with deeper and broader digital skills and wanted to make sure that we don't create a digital divide as part of it.

"I go back to President Obama when he was running for president, he said, 'I'm not just going to focus on one issue, I need to multi-task', and I think Mayor Khan needs to come in and multi-task."

"He Khan has always been very forthcoming saying 'I am going to need your help', 'I want you to work with me' and I think he wants to be a very pro-business, pro-tech mayor.