Liam Gallagher calls out Mayor of London Sadiq Khan over knife crime

Chris Edwards
·Contributor
Liam Gallagher (Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Liam Gallagher (Credit: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Liam Gallagher has called out the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan over the ongoing issue of knife crime in the capital.

The former Oasis singer admitted that he fears for the safety of his two teenage sons, Gene and Lennon.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: “Every time you wake up in the morning there’s some 16-year-old kid been knifed to death and I’ve got kids that are that age, you know what I mean.

“Out and about, doing their thing, living, being young and all that. So that, that freaks me right out. It does worry me. I’ve got teenagers.”

The singer, who also has two daughters, went on to say that the Mayor is not doing enough to quell the amount of knife crime in the capital.

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Gallagher has question Khan's open door policy for London amidst a knife crime epidemic (Credit: AP)
Gallagher has question Khan's open door policy for London amidst a knife crime epidemic (Credit: AP)

"I’d have a word with that mayor – he seems to not be doing a good job, all them kids getting knifed and all that,” he said.

"The only thing that ever comes out of his mouth is, ‘London is open’. What, open for knife crime and dying and stuff?”

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “Tackling violent crime is the Mayor’s highest priority.

"He has invested record amounts in the Met, including funding the Violent Crime Taskforce of nearly 300 officers dedicated to tackling violence.

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Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London (Credit: Alastair Grant/AP)
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London (Credit: Alastair Grant/AP)

"Sadiq is also tackling the underlying causes of crime – by setting up the new Violence Reduction Unit and £45 million Young Londoners Fund.

They went on to say, however, that the Mayor cannot fill the huge hole left by devastating Government cuts to the police, youth clubs and other vital public services.

Gallagher also criticised the politicians who have taken illegal drugs, after Michael Gove and Rory Stewart admitted to taking banned substances in the past.

“Shame on them,” he said. “If I did see a politician taking drugs, man, he’d get a crack round the head. What are you doing, you doughnut? You know what I mean.

“They shouldn’t be [taking drugs]. They’re meant to be running the country, aren’t they?”