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London Mayor's political aide revealed to be working from home... 5,000 miles away in San Francisco

A top political aide to the Mayor of London has been working from home - over 5,000 miles away in California, it has been claimed.

Jack Stenner, 33, is continuing his job as Sadiq Khan's director of political and public affairs despite being eight time zones behind his boss.

But critics have slammed the £120,000-a-year aide, saying he cannot do his work as effectively if he could only be contacted in the afternoon.

Jack Stenner, 33, is continuing his job as Sadiq Khan's director of political and public affairs despite being eight time zones behind his boss

It is believed Mr Stenner moved from his East London home in October, just before the second national lockdown came into effect. 

According to The Sun he is working remotely from an apartment near San Francisco where he lives with girlfriend Yasmin Hussain, 31.

'It's outrageous. He's been allowed to move thousands of miles away,' a source told the publication. 'How on earth can he be expected to do a satisfactory job? 

Mr Stenner has built up an impressive CV working with key figures in the Labour party, and has spent the past seven with Mr Khan.

After completing a BA in politics and Queen Mary University in London, he worked as a comms manager for Brent North MP Barry Gardiner before joining Ed Miliband's successful Labour leadership campaign.

He was also head of the Brent Council's Leader’s Office before joining Mr Khan as a political advisor.

Mr Stenner has built up an impressive CV working with key figures in the Labour party, and has spent the past seven with Mr Khan as a political advisor

It is claimed Mr Stenner first raised suspicion by posting pictures overlooking the San Francisco Bay on his Instagram, which has now been set to private. 

Shaun Bailey, Tory London Mayoral Candidate, said of Khan: 'Why is he using taxpayers' money to pay his cronies to sun themselves in San Francisco while ordinary Londoners are worrying about their jobs?'  

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen quipped: 'That is really nice work if you can get it.'

The Mayor's Office has been contacted for comment. 

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