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Johnson's housing claim disputed

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Opposing political groups have disputed London mayor Boris Johnson’s claim that he has identified sites for 37,000 affordable homes.

A London Councils Labour group spokesman said the numbers “did not stack up”, while the Liberal Democrat group labelled the announcement “premature”.

A City Hall statement released on Monday said the mayor had a provisional agreement with 14 London boroughs to deliver over 16,750 homes.

It said that the remaining 19 boroughs had “identified” sites for a further 20,500 affordable homes.

However, London Assembly officials refused to publish any breakdown of individual targets for each borough.

Islington LBC deputy leader Terry Stacy (Lib Dem) said: “I think this announcement is a little premature.”

He added: “Boris needs to put his money where his mouth is. These targets are meaningless if Boris does secure the money from the Homes & Communities Agency.”

Newham LBC mayor Sir Robin Wales (Lab) has also spoken out about the targets after his borough was told to build 5,754 affordable homes over the next three years, the highest in the capital.

Sir Robin said: “We are meeting with GLA officials to negotiate a realistic and, more importantly, deliverable target based on the current economic climate and our vision for a mixed and sustainable community.”

Mr Johnson had originally pledged in his manifesto that he would build 50,000 affordable homes over the next three years.

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