Vetting of LU Employees (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
November 15, 2006
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

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We certainly would not be held responsible for those I would hope! Just talking about what happened at the press conference, we have discussed this with Tim O'Toole and he says that you went to the press conference basically unbriefed about this issue which appeared on the front page of The Sun newspaper that morning.

If it had been another type of issue, if there had been an incident or if there had been a policy announcement I assume London Underground would have briefed you before the press conference. I would have thought that it was almost a no-brainer that the press were going to ask you about that.

Have you reconsidered briefing arrangements with London Underground so that they can pick these things up in future? There is clearly an error here.

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Answer for Vetting of LU Employees (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Vetting of LU Employees (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Had I heard on the Today programme or read in The Guardian something of this nature I would have been very concerned. When I have read what I have read about myself in The Sun and known it to be a tissue of lies from start to finish, one does not automatically assume because someone is denounced in The Sun that they are guilty.

The problem we have here is there is no way, from an article appearing in The Sun, for TfL to work through their contractors and their sub-contractors and get a realistic brief about what is going on. Therefore I have decided that to overcome this problem in the future that in the New Year my press conference time will move back to 11 am, giving us an extra hour, so that as these stories come up there is a bit more time to try and get a briefing on them. I suspect even with the extra hour we would not have been able to get any worthwhile information about this particular employee, or the practices of the PPP company concerned, in time for the press conference.