Saqiq Khan faces massive backlash over taxi app ban

Sadiq Khan has been accused of ¿capitulating to his trade union paymasters¿. Mr Khan was handed £30,000 by the GMB, which he ploughed into his race against Zac Goldsmith

Sadiq Khan has been accused of ‘capitulating to his trade union paymasters’. Mr Khan was handed £30,000 by the GMB, which he ploughed into his race against Zac Goldsmith

Sadiq Khan has been accused of ‘capitulating to his trade union paymasters’ after the MoS revealed the taxi drivers’ union bankrolled the London Mayor’s election campaign.

Mr Khan was handed £30,000 by the GMB, which he ploughed into his race against Zac Goldsmith last May. Conservative MP Chris Philp last night accused Mr Khan of letting down Londoners, adding: ‘He has put the union’s agenda ahead of the interests of ordinary Londoners who want choice and convenience.’

The decision to ban Uber in London was facing a backlash last night amid claims it was the result of ‘vested interests’.

Transport for London sensationally stripped the global taxi app of its licence to operate in the capital on Friday, claiming it was not ‘fit and proper’.

But the move has been met with fury by its millions of customers. Last night a petition demanding the ban – which is subject to an appeal – be rescinded had received nearly 580,000 signatures.

There were also fears that the move could lead to Uber being banned in 40 other towns and cities, including Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff.

The reaction has put pressure on London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the former Labour MP who is chairman of TfL’s board.

Dame Esther Rantzen was yesterday among those voicing their fears that the loss of

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