Local Elections (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
May 19, 2010
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Clearly the Labour Group is scratching around for crumbs of comfort today. Next thing it will be asking us to congratulate the Labour party in Havering for doubling the size of its Group to five in the recent election!

To move away from the party points which have been made so far, do you think there are wider lessons to be learned, for your election and ours in two years time, from the way that the London elections were administered and some of the complaints that were made around them?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Local Elections (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Local Elections (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

): Yes. I think the last GLA elections, to the best of my memory, were actually models of efficiency and it all worked very well. Patently we need to make sure that we do learn the lessons of the last General Election and we do not have the appalling spectacle of people being turned away from the polling booths when they have been queuing for a long time to vote. That cannot happen in 2012.

Roger Evans (AM): Four years ago the Assembly had a review of the conduct of the election and what we could learn from it. Do you think it would be useful for us to do that again and look particularly at the fact that some people who were not entitled to vote allegedly did - and there are several cases out there being investigated at the moment - and that many people who were entitled to vote did not because they were shut out of polling stations late in the evening, particularly in some of the boroughs like Hackney.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): There were disgraceful scenes and they must not be repeated. I think it is London Elects that handles our elections. I am sure that it will make sure that we have no such repetition.

John Biggs (AM): As I think was said once in another setting, Boris, you were the future once. I think that is interesting because you have moved overnight with this election from being the most senior elected Conservative in the country to being not only number 248, or something, but, in fact, behind the Liberal Democrat Party. I do understand the discomfort you must feel in that position. The Labour narrative on this is very straightforward.

Dee Doocey (Chair): So what is your question, Mr Biggs?

John Biggs (AM): It is that you were tucked away because of the muddled --

Dee Doocey (Chair): No, that is not a question; that is an opinion.

John Biggs (AM): It is a question. I am sure you would disagree with this but is it not the case --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No, I do not. I do not disagree at all. Sad but true.

Dee Doocey (Chair): Would you ask your question so that the Mayor can answer?