Boris Johnson

Assembly summons Boris over Garden Bridge

14 December 2017

For the first time, the London Assembly has summonsed a former Mayor to appear before it.

In line with the Assembly’s statutory scrutiny role and following its ongoing interest in the Garden Bridge project, the GLA Oversight Committee today issued a summons notice requesting The Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP, in his capacity as the former Mayor of London, attend the GLA Oversight Committee meeting on Thursday, 22 February 2018 at 2pm.

On 18 July 2017, the Budget and Performance Committee issued a summons notice to the Mayor of London’s Chief of Staff, David Bellamy, requesting documents regarding the current Mayor’s correspondence concerning the Review into the Garden Bridge Project undertaken by Dame Margaret Hodge MP. [1]

Len Duvall AM, Chair of the GLA Oversight Committee said:

“When Margaret Hodge appeared before us and explained that Boris Johnson did not participate in her review of the Garden Bridge Project, we realised that an important part of the story was not being made public.  Dame Margaret did not have the power to formally request the former Mayor to give evidence, however the Assembly does have that statutory power. [2]

£37 million of transport finance was allocated to a project which seemed to bypass proper appraisal, procurement procedures were not followed and the promised money from the Garden Bridge Trust did not materialise - leaving the tax payer to pick up the bill. 

So I think it’s only right that Boris gives us his side of the story.  I know that Londoners are still very interested to know how the whole project got so far down the track, before the plug was pulled.”

Notes to editors

  1. Assembly invokes summons powers for Garden Bridge Review files
  2. Refusing or failing to attend Assembly proceedings as required by a summons notice without a reasonable excuse is a criminal offence.
  3. If the former Mayor is unavailable on the required date, the committee will seek an alternative mutually agreed date and time 
  4. The summons supplementary agenda item document is attached
  5. Members of the GLA Oversight Committee are available for interview – see contact details below.
  6. The Garden Bridge design procurement 
  7. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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