The MP for Hammersmith has thrown his weight behind Sadiq Khan’s bid to become the next London Mayor.
Andy Slaughter says his fellow London Labour MP has all “drive and determination” to replace Boris Johnson in City Hall next year.
The Tooting MP is a fierce critic of the third runway at Heathrow, and Mr Slaughter described Mr Khan’s opposition as “bold and principled stance that will resonate in West London”.
Mr Slaughter told getwestlondon: “I’ve known Sadiq for many years and I am convinced that he is the candidate who has the best chance of winning back City Hall for Labour. He has the drive and determination to be a very successful Mayor.
“As the leader of London’s campaign team in the last few years, Sadiq has played a major role in securing Labour’s best local election results in the capital since 1971 and then helping seven extra Labour MPs win seats in the general election.
“Sadiq’s plans to freeze Tube and train fares, tackle London’s air pollution problem, build more council homes while protecting existing social housing stock and make sure private renting is more affordable and secure, are exactly the type of policies I want to see in a Mayor. His opposition to a third runway at Heathrow is a bold and principled stance that will resonate in west London.”
Speaking before the publication of the Davies report, which recommended the third Heathrow runway, Mr Khan had argued against the expansion of Heathrow.
The two MPs were together at a Save Our Hospitals’s NHS birthday bash in Chiswick earlier in the week.
The Stand Up for the NHS comedy night took place at the George IV pub on Sunday (July 5), and featured Norman Lovett, who played the computer Holly in TV’s Red Dwarf.
Mr Johnson is stepping down after serving two terms as London Mayor after winning the seat Uxbridge & South Ruislip in the May General Election.