David Cameron tells Londoners: Don’t be ‘lab rats’ for Jeremy Corbyn’s policies

David Cameron has made a pointed intervention in the London Mayoral race, as he warned voters not to elect Sadiq Khan and become “lab rats” for Jeremy Corbyn’s policies.

The Prime Minister said Labour’s candidate for City Hall was “Mr Corbyn’s man” and cautioned voters of the impact a victory for Mr Khan would have on London’s economy.

But Mr Khan, who has sought to distance himself from the Labour leadership throughout his campaign, has insisted he is “no patsy” to Mr Corbyn.


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Addressing party activists, Mr Cameron said Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith “can be a great Mayor”, before reeling off criticisms of the Labour leader.

“You’ve got the man and the plan, think for a moment about the alternative,” he said.

“Sadiq Khan nominated Jeremy Corbyn to be leader of the Labour party and he doesn’t regret it. Never mind the fact he (Mr Corbyn) wants to give the Falklands back to Argentina or he thinks that nuclear submarines should patrol the Atlantic without any missiles.

“His policy is to bring back and legalise secondary strikes and flying pickets. Just think what the first Corbyn-elected Mayor would be like for our economy, for our city. You do not want to be lab rats in the first Corbyn economic experiment in public life”.

Previously speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Khan tried to reassure voters that he would stand up to Mr Corbyn over issues including renewing Trident and opposing a financial transaction tax.

“That is the job of the Mayor of London: not to be a patsy or a spokesperson for George Osborne and David Cameron – as Mr Goldsmith is being – or Jeremy Corbyn or the party, but to be London’s advocate to their party and the Government.”

The Tooting MP, who nominated Mr Corbyn for the Labour leadership, has since added that he is “his own man” and would have his “own mandate” if he was elected.

It is 100 days until Londoners elect their successor to Boris Johnson. Welsh and Irish Assembly, Holyrood and local elections across England and Wales will also take place in May.