The shadow of the Outer London ‘Tax’
This CLP notes:
That whilst London welcomes back a Labour Mayor, that is not quite the reality for Outer Londoners. Every ward in the London Borough of Bexley was lost to the Conservative Mayoral Candidate and this disappointing result is reflected in the results across the Outermost London Assembly Member seats.
This CLP believes:
The Local Tories in Bexley, Bromley and Dartford have successfully spun the narrative around road users paying £3.50 to £5.50 to enter outer London Constituencies from outside the M25 and whilst we’ve defended this as not being policy, the uncertainty around TFL funding allowed the Tories enough leverage to persuade Labour voters, to vote against our Labour Mayor. It’s quite possible that the Tories will continue to conflate this with local elections on the doorstep in May 2022, allowing the local Tories to suggest that a vote for Labour means a vote for an Outer London ‘Tax’. This would divert our energies and distract from highlighting Tory neglect on burning issues on temporary accommodation overspend, cladding and leaseholder protections, child poverty, deteriorating services and council redundancies.
This CLP resolves:
That the CLP send this Motion to the London Regional Conference to ask the Mayor to emphatically resolve that there will be no Outer London Boundary Charge, that these plans be dropped immediately. That this is clearly communicated in the National Press, through social media channels, Breakfast Morning TV and radio shows by the Mayor or Deputy Mayor for Transport.