GB News presenter Andrew Pierce has lamented the suggestion Sadiq Khan is “moving in the right direction” on knife crime.
It comes after the Government announced plans to crack down on deadly zombie-style knives and machetes.
Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry reacted to the announcement to discuss one of Britain’s worst-affected areas for knife crime, London.
The Labour MP claimed London mayor Sadiq Khan is “moving in the right direction” on the matter.
In a fiery rebuke of the claims, Pierce firmly stated: “No he’s not”.
He added: “Knife crime has soared on his watch. We have had more than 1,000 homicides in the eight years he has been mayor.”
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Deputy Editor of ConservativeHome Henry Hill waded in on the discussion to point out that Labour haven’t mentioned the London Mayor on a frequent basis in recent months.
“It’s rare to hear Labour talk about Sadiq Khan at the moment”, he said.
“So clearly they felt the need to throw him in on something and this is it.”
Khan has hit back at suggestions his tenure as London Mayor is to blame for the scourge of knife crime, calling for more Government action.
He yesterday found himself embroiled in a row with Home Secretary James Cleverly after demanding for a crack down on the sale of zombie knives.
Khan said: “We’ve repeatedly been promised action, but instead it’s harder for a teenager to buy a lottery ticket than a zombie knife, while we’ve seen a merry-go-round of Home Secretaries failing to deliver.
“These unacceptable delays must end and I urge the Home Secretary to urgently bring forward and toughen up this legislation to finally end the scourge of these weapons on our streets.”
Cleverly’s response was issued via a source to the Evening Standard, who said: “The Home Secretary requested a meeting over a fortnight ago in which he was hoping to discuss the Mayor’s record on knife crime.
“He looks forward to hearing how Sadiq plans to reverse the 40 per cent increase in knife crime he has overseen in office.”
A zombie knife is defined as having “a cutting edge, serrated edge and images or words suggesting it is used for violence”.
Legal loopholes have resulted in similar knives remaining in circulation after a ban in 2016.