A giant inflatable depicting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a bright yellow bikini will fly over London this weekend.
The blimp will be on display a month after a similar-sized balloon showing Donald Trump as a tanned baby played a leading role in the protest against the US President’s visit to the UK.
The inflatable depicts Mr Khan lying on his side wearing a yellow bikini in reference to adverts that Khan banned from the tube.
In 2016, Mr Khan announced that Transport for London would not allow adverts on its network which could create body confidence issues, following a storm over a protein shake poster which featured a model posing in a yellow bikini and asked “Are you beach body ready?”
Organisers crowdfunded more than £58,000 online to pay for the blimp of Mr Khan which will be the centrepiece at a protest called Make London Safe Again.
They say they want to draw attention to the growing problem of knife crime in the capital accusing the Mayor of pursuing point scoring by allowing the Trump blimp to fly over London.
Yanny Bruere, who started the crowdfunding campaign, said he was challenging Mr Khan to allow the blimp to apply to show that “free speech applies to all”.
More than 3,400 people have donated to the fund so far which Mr Bruere says is aimed at ensuring the mayor loses his job at the next election in 2020.
“Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime sky rocket to unprecedented levels,” the crowd-funding page reads.
“People in London don’t feel safe and they aren’t safe, 81 murders this year alone! Khan Out.”
The 28-year-old marketing manager told the Daily Mail he had been angered by the Mayor’s support for the Trump blimp when he believed he should have been focus on political point scoring instead of dealing with soaring crime.
He said: ‘I was just so irritated that Mr Khan took it upon himself to speak on behalf of the UK over the President’s visit.
“Whatever anyone thinks of Mr Trump, he is still leader of the free world and should be accorded the respect of that position, especially at such a critical time for the UK as we face separation from the EU.
“It feels like the Mayor of London prioritises personal enmity over the good of the country.”
Mr Khan’s spokesman said at the time: “The mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms.”
The Trump blimp was six-metres tall and featured the US President clutching a phone while wearing a nappy.
In an interview with The Sun, Mr Trump referenced the inflatable as part of the reason he does not feel wanted in the capital, saying: “I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London.”