Penny Mordaunt, along with other Tories campaigning against Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) expansion, has strongly criticized the Labour Party following their accusation.
The official branch of Labour in Scarborough and Whitby sparked outrage by claiming that the Tories had reached a new low in the by-election campaign.
The Tories have been using the by-election in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson’s former seat, as an opportunity to challenge Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion. They argue that the policy negatively impacts ordinary people and businesses, particularly during a period of financial strain.
The Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party posted a message suggesting that the Tories were actively campaigning against measures to reduce traffic pollution, sarcastically stating, “‘Vote Tory to die of carbon monoxide fumes!'”
The post included a photo of Penny Mordaunt campaigning alongside Tory candidate Steve Tuckwell, with Penny criticizing Mr. Khan’s ULEZ expansion as being more about revenue generation than clean air.
In response to the offensive claim made by the Labour branch, Penny Mordaunt expressed her dismay, stating that it is not just the Labour Party in London that fails to understand the issue.
She emphasized that people desire good air quality, but they also want politicians to achieve this goal without harming small businesses, impeding the work of tradespeople, burdening households with additional costs, and limiting the impact of charitable organizations.
Mordaunt further remarked, “Looks like it’s not just London Labour that doesn’t get this.” Her strong retort highlights the disagreement between the Conservatives and Labour regarding the ULEZ expansion.
A source from the Conservative Party labeled Labour’s claim as offensive, asserting that if the Labour Party is truly concerned about air quality, they should focus on improving conditions within the tube network.
Criticizing hardworking families with additional financial burdens, amounting to £4.5K a year, will not lead to a solution. The only way to send a message to Sadiq Khan that their concerns cannot be ignored any longer is by voting for Steve Tuckwell on the 20th of July.