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Boris 'asked for cable-car bailout'

Boris 'asked for cable-car bailout'
Boris Johnson has reportedly asked for European Union funds to help pay for the Thames cable car crossing.

The EU's Regional Development Fund has agreed to give £8m to toward the construction cost of the link.

Labour MEP Mary Honeyball said the project was "clearly failing and needs EU money to save it". But City Hall said there had been no new application for EU cash.

The development comes as some reports suggest the cable car is losing as much as £50,000 a week.

Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP for London, told PoliticsHome.com: “Boris has said on record that we should keep the single market and very little else of the European Union.

"It is interesting then, that he seemingly wants very little to do with the EU until it’s his hour of need when he has no qualms about taking EU money for one of his projects which although started out well is clearly failing and needs EU money to save it.

“He publically said that our relationship with the EU should be nothing more than the single market. If this was the case then the UK couldn’t even bid for anything from the European Union Regional Development Fund,” she added.

But a spokesman for the Mayor of London said: "It is not a new application. That's always been part of the funding."

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