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Sadiq Khan issues desperate plea for Londoners to support economy or face job losses

Sadiq Khan encourages 'safe' shopping in London

The Mayor of London told Sky News that London shops need support during the "golden month" for high street sales. Mr Khan added that Londoners fail to support shops they will close and people will lose their jobs.  

The Mayor of London said: "Across the country more than 100,000 jobs have been lost in retail.

"In the west end alone, they project they have lost £5 billion worth of sales

"This quarter is known as the golden quarter and this month is the golden month.

"It is really important that as we are in tier two in London it is possible for retail to be open.

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Sadiq Khan has been the Mayor of London since 2016 (Image: Getty)

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"My message to Londoners is to shop safely.

"These shops need us if we don’t support them don’t be surprised if many of them close down and people lose their jobs."

On Thursday Mr Khan was slammed for letting part of London "die". 

During an appearance on LBC, the London Mayor was grilled on his inaction on lobbying the Government. 

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The furious LBC caller said:  "In my local area, where I live, every single day is like a Saturday because people are working from home, the coffee shops are busy, the takeaways and the restaurants are busy.

"The bars are busy. If you go to the City of London, there isn't a soul. It's soul-destroying to see. I worked in the City of London for 25 years.

"I've never, ever seen anything like this at all.

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Sadiq Khan called for Londoners to shop safely (Image: Getty)

"Why are you not lobbying the Government to get people back to work?

"People are now happy to be working from home. I would argue that some people have had the best eight months of their lives working from home.

"They're saving a lot of money, they're not buying any lunches.

"Meanwhile, the part of London that is responsible for 25 percent of the country's GDP is dying. And you're letting it die."

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