Value for Money (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Has the last two years shown then that directly elected Mayors are not the panacea that the government initially held them up to be when they pushed through the idea of a directly elected Mayor for London? And has the election of a monkeys in Hartlepool -- (overspeaking).

The Chair: Darren, I really don't think this is relevant to the question.

Darren Johnson: Well, it is, it's on Ken's record. Is this the beginning of the end of directly elected Mayors in the United Kingdom?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Value for Money (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Value for Money (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I think what has been achieved here, however limited, would have been achieved whether it was a directly elected Mayor or a Mayor elected from the largest party on the Assembly. Where I have real powers, we've been able to achieve real advances. Where I don't, it's a question of just trying to jolly everybody along. I am optimistic now that a lot of very intense negotiation is going on between my office and the government about specific transport projects that have been up in the air for years. I suspect we are about to see a major advance in infrastructure spending in London because of that.