Stewart, a former international development secretary, has pledged to resign from the mayor after two years if elected unless violent crime is reduced. Former politician Tory drew widespread attention for his “come with me” initiative, in which he asks Londoners to invite him to sleep on their sofas for the night to help him get to know the city.
London experienced its highest homicide count in more than a decade in 2019.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr. Stewart was highly critical of Khan’s past on crime.
He commented: “He has no hold on crime and security, which is what everything revolves around.
“If you are a mother who sends your child to school, if you are someone who runs a small business, start with confidence.”
Stewart has promised to triple the number of neighborhood police officers and special agents if elected mayor.
He was also highly critical of the current mayor regarding “stop and search”, with Khan pledging to do “everything in my power to further reduce its use” ahead of his 2016 elections.
Referring to Mr. Khan, he commented, “I think he’s wrong.
“You have to direct your stop and search and that’s how you make London safer”
“We have to lower these numbers. Murders have been at the highest level for 11 years ”
“Sadiq Khan, one of the platforms when he ran for mayor, was against stopping and searching. It is insane.
“Stop and search is a very powerful tool if done right. The key is how you do it.
“We have to triple the number of uniformed policemen in the neighborhoods.
“They have the relationships and understanding to make sure they are looking for the right people in the right way.
“You have to direct your stop and search and that’s how you make London safer.”
If Stewart is to be elected, he has pledged to resign after two years, unless he manages to reduce violent crime across London.
He issued a vote similar to that of the Minister of Prisons in 2018, promising to resign after a year unless the violence thought he was promoted to Secretary for International Development before the deadline was reached.
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When asked how the reduction of violent crime would be measured over two years, Stewart suggested data on London’s street crime from the national statistical office and the national crime investigation.
He added: “I agree with everyone, police, journalists, what is the right measure.
“What I did in prisons where I said I would resign if there hadn’t been a fall in violence, we agreed on a tactic and I would have done the same with the violent street crime in London.
“We have to lower these numbers. Murders have been at the highest level for 11 years. “
Stewart focused heavily on housing during his campaign, pledging to build 250,000 new properties during his four-year term as mayor if elected using London’s public transport and a centrally managed “construction company” .
In the year in April 2018, only 31,723 new properties were created, well below the objective of Mr. Khan of 65,000 per year.
He said: “The key to delivering this is to understand the mayor of London, through Transport for London, owns five thousand acres of public land.
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“If I were mayor, instead of selling it for a quick cash advantage, I would put it in the mayor’s contribution to building affordable housing.”
In addition to the looming Sadiq Khan, Stewart will also face competition from conservative candidate Shaun Bailey.
A conservative MP from 2010 to 2019, Stewart lost the party whip after supporting measures designed to stop a Brexit without any problems.
He argued that London is ready for a more centrist political brand distinct from both major political parties.
The promising mayor said, “I am an independent person and I believe there is a hole in the center of British politics.
“The center is a place where we should be active and angry and we should ruthlessly steal ideas from left and right and bring things down.
“I think having to choose between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson is not where London wants to be.”
In 2019 Mr. Stewart unsuccessfully represented the leadership of the Conservative Party, attracting widespread attention for his “Rory walks” in Britain.
Earlier this week he asked Londoners to invite him to stay overnight to help him learn about their lives, which the former Tory claims to have done during his working life.
Referring to the plan that said, “This is something I’ve been doing for a long time in my life.
Sadiq Khan pictured with a London Underground train
“I think I stayed in 550 different houses because it is something that I did as a soldier and diplomat, it is something that I did as an electoral deputy and something that I am now doing in London.
“You learn something truly unique. It is partly time, partly the fact that you are with them during the evening meal and breakfast, but above all it sees things from their eyes, looks out the windows.
“I’ve heard some of the most heartbreaking stories in people’s homes, but it takes 3-4 hours for people to open up and be relaxed enough to really talk about their lives.”
Elections for the mayor of London take place on 7 May 2020.
Siobhan Benita also stands for the liberal democrats and Sian Berry of the Green Party.