Buses (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
October 22, 2003
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I am tempted to pursue a transport line but I cannot resist a political question, which is that I have observed the Liberal Democrats at close quarters for many years. I helped to defeat them in Tower Hamlets when they were involved in the borough.

What concerns me is that Simon Hughes is an inner London Liberal Democrat. They try to steal Labour votes but then they carry out Tory policies. Outer London Liberal Democrats try to steal Tory votes and then carry out Labour policies or mimics of those. I think Londoners get very confused about what they are getting. Do you think Hughes is clear enough yet about what his offer is for Londoners?

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Answer for Buses (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Buses (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

One of the things that makes me look forward very much to when the actual campaign starts properly after Easter next year and we get into serious debate, is that it will be possible to pin him down. We would also want to look in detail at some of the statements he has made within his own constituency to a very different audience in recent years on issues such as immigration, asylum and housing policy, which are woefully different to the national Liberal Democrat attitude on these issues, and much more an echo of the Tower Hamlets' Liberals " a very unattractive place.