The furious London mayor said the site was “masked” as a fact-checking source and accused its publishers of “peddling fake news”. The Transport for London Bailout Facts website does not carry Conservative branding but describes itself as appearing in favor of Tory mayoral candidate Shawn Bailey, and the party’s campaign addresses the prime minister.
The site attacked Mr Khan’s TFL management after a second £ 1.8 billion bail-out from the government.
It said TFL had “wasted” ২০১ 9.56bn since 2001, when Mr Khan became mayor, including “overpaying” for pensions, interest on debt and revenue cuts due to delays in crossrail projects.
And it claims that the loss in rent during the coronavirus crisis was only মাত্র 1.6 billion.
A spokesman for the mayor said Mr Bail’s propaganda was “deliberately lying” and that the website had “marked fact news as a ‘fact’.”
He said: “The Tories must stop trying to take Londoners for granted.
“The only reason TFL needs government support is because COVID-19 has reduced our rental income, as has happened in the case of training operators across the country.
“Before the epidemic, Mr Khan cleared up the financial mess that Boris Johnson had for mayor.”
A spokesman for Mr Bailey’s campaign said: “If Sadiq Khan is concerned about explaining his own side of the story, he can create his own website.”
“This website has information there. It doesn’t tell people what to think. Londoners can make up their own minds.”
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The Transport for London Ballout Facts website was launched, when Mr Khan claimed he had succeeded in “killing the worst government proposals”. To secure the 8 1.8 billion bailout.
He said it was “not the perfect deal” but stressed that “we fought hard to get to the best possible place”.
Last month, Boris Johnson claimed that the TFL had “effectively gone bankrupt” before the virus crisis, and that Mr Khan’s proposal to increase charges was “full liability”.
The bailout secured public transport in the capital until March 2021.
Mr Khan said: “I am convinced that none of this will happen again.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to reject the proposal of the worst government.
“The only reason TFL needs government support is because almost all of our rental income has dried up since March because Londoners did the right thing.”
The increasingly bitter campaign for London’s mayoral election has become an important battleground for the capital’s transport management.
The vote was supposed to take place last May but was postponed for a year due to coronavirus.
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