Penny Mordaunt blasts Labour after ‘offensive’ attack on anti-ULEZ campaigners

Susan Hall tackles Sadiq Khan over ULEZ expansion

Labour has been slammed after their official branch in Scarborough and Whitby accused Penny Mordaunt, and other Tories campaigning against Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion, of taking the “prize for the by-election low of all time”.

Tories are fiercely using the by-election in Boris Johnson’s former seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip as a referendum on Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion, which they argue hits ordinary people and businesses during a cost-of-living crisis.

Earlier this week, Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party claimed the Tories’ opposition to the expansion was them “actively campaigning on – and against – measures to stop traffic pollution”.

They added the mock campaign slogan: “’Vote Tory to die of carbon monoxide fumes!’”

The attached photo of Penny Mordaunt, campaigning with Tory candidate Steve Tuckwell, saw Penny arguing that Mr Khan’s ULEZ expansion is “less about clean air and more about filling coffers”.

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Penny Mordaunt has now hit back at the offensive claim from the Labour branch, saying the Facebook post proves it’s “not just London Labour that doesn’t get this”.

She told the Express: “People want good air quality. They’d like their politicians to deliver that without ruining small businesses, stopping tradesmen working, increasing costs for stretched households and preventing brilliant charities from reaching their beneficiaries”.

“Looks like it’s not just London Labour that doesn’t get this.”

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A Conservative Party source added: “Labour’s claim is nothing short of offensive”.

“If they want action on air quality, they should focus on cleaning up the tube network.

“Slamming hard working families with £4.5K a year won’t help – the only way to send Sadiq Khan a message that we won’t be ignored anymore, is to vote for Steve Tuckwell on the 20th July.”

The Express contact the Labour Party for comment.

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