Row ignites between Sadiq Khan and Conservative opponents

Hammersmith Bridge: Row ignites between Sadiq Khan and Conservative opponents over controversial closure


London mayor Sadiq Khan was today involved in heated clashes with Conservative opponents over the Hammersmith Bridge closure.

Cyclists and pedestrians were banned from the 130-year-old suspension bridge last month when cracks in the cast iron structure worsened during a heatwave.

The mayor claimed the government was ‘playing politics’ with the bridge and demanded ministers underwrite the estimated £141 repair bill.

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Sadiq Khan and a Conservative critic on the London Assembly clashed publicly today over responsibility for fixing the stricken Hammersmith Bridge in the latest round of political recriminations over the issue.

Tory AM Tony Arbour, who represents the Assembly’s South West constituency, which includes the southern side of the bridge in Richmond, accused Khan during his monthly Mayor’s Question Time session of a failure of leadership and of “fiddling while Barnes burns”.

In response, the Mayor urged him to get on the phone to his fellow Conservatives in national government and tell them to “get your finger out and help the businesses and people in south west London” by providing the necessary funds.

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Posted on 17th September 2020

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