Brian Rose confronted and fined by police for campaigning
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And the founder of the London Real youtube channel, also claimed Prime Minister – and former Mayor – Boris Johnson was a “coward” who cares more about statues than people. The former banker in New York and London, is running as an independent in the election on May 7. Mr Rose, 49, was speaking after a stabbing in Pimlico, close to Westminster, on Friday afternoon which left one man in hospital with “multiple” wounds.
He said: “Will politicians finally start to pay attention now that London’s spate of stabbings have spread to the outskirts of Westminster?
“Londoners have been abandoned by both their apathetic Mayor and cowardly Prime Minister.”
In a reference to Mr Johnson’s concerns about protesters targeting statues as a result of their connections to Britain’s colonial past, he added: “This is what happens when politicians are more concerned about statues than stabbings.
“Despite a spate of attacks in and around the city, and outrage over the lack of safety on the capital’s streets, Sadiq Khan’s most high-profile intervention has been to set up a commission to examine statues – and the Government has proposed jailing people for up to ten years for damaging monuments.
“This is the second stabbing in Pimlico alone in recent weeks – if our politicians have abandoned leafy Pimlico, just down the road from Parliament, then they have abandoned the whole city.”
Mr Rose said: “We have a Labour Mayor who has seen crime rise year after year on his lacklustre watch, and a Conservative Party which has given up even pretending they have any chance of winning the mayoral election with Shaun Bailey – and cut his funding.”
As such, what he referred to as the “two-party stranglehold” on the Capital was costing lives, Mr Rose claimed.
He added: “I have a costed plan to put 10,000 more police on the streets, and invest in 250 community centres to address the core problems that lead to crime.
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“What have Khan and Johnson offered? “Thoughts, prayers, and kind words to statues. It’s not good enough, and they know it.”
Mr Rose, whose Youtube channel has two million subscribers, made headlines last after a series of interviews with conspiracy theorist David Icke during which the former Coventry City reserve goalkeeper made unsubstantiated claims about an alleged between the COVID-19 pandemic and 5G mobile phone networks.
Labour Mayor Mr Khan was elected in 2016, replacing Tory Mr Johnson, who stepped down after two terms.
The de facto Police Commissioner for London, he has faced considerable criticism, not least from former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib.
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The property developer told Express.co.uk last month: “One of the saving graces of lockdown should have been a reduction in crime and murders.
“I had thought that Sadiq Khan’s inability adequately to discharge his obligations on law and order might at least benefit from lockdown. Not under our Mayor.
“He seems to have so utterly failed in his obligations that even in these constrained times crime, and fatal crime at that, is rising.
“There has been a murder every three days in 2021.”
He added: “Where the devil is Sadiq Khan? “Why is he not holding the Met to account?
“Why is he not ensuring they do their job?
“They seem able to ensure people cannot sit on park benches together.
“But the prevention of serious crime seems to have dropped off their and his list of priorities.”
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A spokesman for London Labour said: “The Mayor’s thoughts go out to the victim of a stabbing in Pimlico.
“Knife crime is a scourge on our society and Sadiq urges anyone with information to come forward.
“He will not engage with politicians on the extreme far right.”
Express.co.uk has also contacted Number 10 offer Mr Johnson the opportunity to respond.
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