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Mayor Sadiq Khan: We shouldn't be embarrassed about saying 'first dibs for Londoners' on housing

Mayor Sadiq Khan argues that people living in the capital should not be embarrassed about saying "first dibs for Londoners" when it comes to housing.

The London mayor was asked by ITV's political editor Robert Peston about why he has joined a campaign that criticised foreigners who bought expensive properties in London, but did not live in them.

Speaking on the Peston on Sunday programme, Mr Khan was asked if there was anything the mayor could do about them.

There is a lot a mayor can do. The mayor for the eight years did hardly anything.

We should not be embarrassed about saying first dibs to Londoners - about saying we need to build homes for Londoners.

We should not be embarrassed about saying 'our homes are homes', not gold bricks for investors in the Middle East and Asia.

– London Mayor Sadiq Khan

He added: "We could have for example a condition for permission to build homes is you must mark them for the first six months in London.

"I have got nothing against luxury properties being built in London. What we can't have is London being the world's capital for money laundering."