Extra Police Officers for London (Supplementary) [11]

Session date: 
March 12, 2008
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


This is a somewhat rhetorical question but I am sure you would like to answer it, Ken, do you really think that the voters of London will need to balance up a sort of accounting question or whether they will want to evaluate whether it was a question of political leadership from the Mayor's Office which has led to the record increases in police numbers in London? Do you think also that they will want to reflect on the fact that some of the parties around this table - i n particular the one that was just heckling, the Bray Party - have vigorously opposed all increases until they realised it might be viewed as counterproductive, they vigorously opposed all increases in budgets to fund extra policing through the council tax and they are now trying to rewrite history on it? Do you therefore agree with me that the fundamental question would be about who people can be confident with protecting their interests by increasing police numbers in London to a record level and a level which will help continue year on year reductions in crime?


Answer for Extra Police Officers for London (Supplementary) [11]

Answer for Extra Police Officers for London (Supplementary) [11]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am just happy to rely on the sound judgement of David Cameron who said in an interview that we would never have got police back on the streets of London if there had not been a directly elected Mayor. He is absolutely right in that if in not much else.