Mayoral Appointments (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
May 21, 2008
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Len Duvall (AM): With Simon Milton, it is not a question of finance; it is a question of advice to a senior politician of another Authority and it is a Conservative Act and it is an Act that is often quoted by the Members opposite.

Your twin aims of the Patience Wheatcroft exercise looking for the future, looking at the LDA and the GLA I would take on board. We would want to participate in that in some form or another. It is really about the partisan way: if you have nothing to hide and you are not worried, why did you not ask other political groups here to put forward their nominees in the spirit of working together? The Liberal Democrats, Greens, Labour. I have to say previous members of this administration had a proud record of asking questions and did much work in terms of trying to hold the Mayor to account on the LDA issues, and that is unfinished business. You do not sweep away that work or the work that your colleagues have previously done. That is where you are wrong. So the question then is: if that is the spirit of this exercise, as you say - and we should point out that all these people on this exercise are all Conservative nominees except for the support officer that is working to them - why do you not offer the other political groupings here the opportunity to put forward an independent nominee outside this body to come and sit and work with them? If you have nothing to hide, why don't you do that to reassure us that it is not some political witch hunt and that we are moving forward and you genuinely want to take our input in some form or other?

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Answer for Mayoral Appointments (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for Mayoral Appointments (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Len, I think it is a very interesting suggestion and I will certainly discuss it with colleagues. I repeat that we are running an administration that is completely open to people of talent and imagination from all parties. That is why, I repeat, I am so pleased that Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall, agreed to be the Mayoral Commissioner for Sport.

By the way you talk about Sir Simon's appointment being partisan. Let me read out -

Len Duvall (AM): No, no, Chair. I did not say Simon Milton was partisan. I was referring to the Wheatcroft exercise.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Oh I see.

Len Duvall (AM): That is the partisan issue. Mr Mayor, let us be clear; it is for you to decide who you appoint. For us, it is to make sure that you do it properly. You seem to be a little bit cavalier. We cut you some slack in the beginning as we all do, I suspect, in the early stages of a new administration, but you would want to do this properly. Quite frankly, the reason why he is unpaid at the moment is because you have problems over the contractual issues of employing consultants, which I do not think you have followed. We have not even followed that one up yet. We are trying to be reasonable here. You want to be transparent; you said that during the elections. This has been less than transparent at the moment in terms of information. We welcome that you are publishing the issues. This is not about catching you out; this is holding you to, as you would expect us to do, some of your pledges and some of your commitments that you have made.