Supporting police (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 14, 2011
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, your predecessor appeared on Newsnight during the riots and indicated that the riots were a revolt against the cuts. Do you also think that there was justification for the riots?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Supporting police (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Supporting police (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As I have said, Andrew, I think that what happened needs to be analysed in depth. I think that the events in Tottenham were initially of a very different character from what subsequently took place, but I think overwhelmingly what then took place on the Sunday and particularly on the Monday was absolutely nothing to do with the cuts. It was nothing to do with political protest of any kind. I am afraid it was overwhelmingly criminality, pure and simple.

Andrew Boff (AM): Mr Mayor, will you support those councils who determine, after due process, that rioting is probably against tenancy conditions?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): If I am really honest with you, Andrew, I am aware that some councils have taken some very tough decisions and I do not want to second-guess individual decisions they have taken in those cases, but I just think you have to exercise prudence and common sense and make sure you are not just exacerbating a problem rather than solving one.

Andrew Boff (AM): Absolutely, and I would hope that all councils do exercise common sense in the application of their housing responsibilities. Thank you very much, Mr Mayor.