Liam Gallagher has challenged London Mayor Sadiq Kahn over the recent rise of knife crime in the capital.

Kahn, who has faced heavy criticism from the likes of US President Donald Trump in recent months, is battling against an epidemic of serious knife crime and violence in t he city.

Gallagher, who lives in north London with his family, has expressed concerns for his four children who range from ages between six and 22. Appearing on BBC Breakfast on Monday, the former Oasis man said: “Every time you wake up in the morning, there’s some 16-year-old kid been knifed to death. I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers.”

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

The conversation then turned to his view on politics and, after previously joking about putting himself forward for Prime Minister, Gallagher condemned politicians who take drugs. The discussion comes after former Conservative candidate Rory Stewart admitted to taking opium while Michael Gove has admitted to taking cocaine.

“I don’t hang out with politicians and I don’t hang out with celebrities that hang out with politicians or these fake rock’n’roll stars that hang out with politicians,” Gallagher said.

“I just hang out with me and my missus and my kids, and my mates. But if I did see a politician taking drugs, man, he’d get a crack round the head.

He added: “They shouldn’t be … they’re meant to be running the country, aren’t they?”

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