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London news: Sadiq Khan and Andrew BoffLONDON ASSEMBLYLondon news: Sadiq Khan has been accused of inflating his affordable housing numbers

The Greater London Authority says work on 12,526 new affordable homes was started across the capital last year.

The total includes the two “double counted” schemes - 253 homes in the Isle of Dogs and 241 in Newham - which appeared in figures for both 2017 and 2018.

Conservative Andrew Boff suggested the “double counting” had been done deliberately to inflate the numbers and improve Mr Kahn’s record on housing.

But the Mayor of London dismissed the “dodgy, misleading claims” as a smear and insisted he had done nothing wrong.

And he suggested the issue was irrelevant because it was uncovered by Richard Tice, co-founder of Brexit campaign group Leave.EU.

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Don’t you think you’ve been caught cooking the books?

Andrew Boff

Mr Tice carried out a private investigation over the Mayor’s housing programme where the “double counted” figures were revealed.

Mr Khan faced a series of tough questions over the numbers in a grilling by members of the London Assembly today.

Quizzing the Mayor on his stats, Mr Boff asked why two housing developments showed up as having been started twice.

Mr Khan hit back by blaming his predecessor Boris Johnson, saying the schemes were “so badly delayed” under the watch of the previous mayor that they had to be stopped and then restarted.

Andrew BoffLONDON ASSEMBLYAndrew Boff question Mr Khan's numbers and suggested he had been caught 'cooking the books'

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