MPS Accountability (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
July 4, 2012
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A couple points on this that Joanne [McCartney] just picked up and her words were actually correct, 'How we used to operate' and unfortunately, you will agree that the legislation that has been foisted upon us that the Deputy Mayor has to deal with has changed the terrain of the debate of scrutiny, which is the point you have just made. First of all, would you not agree with me that the points initially made about notice are rather odd because it is my understanding of fact, and would you agree, Mr Mayor, that your Deputy Mayor did try to contact the Chair of the Policing and Crime Committee and he also contacted senior members of the Labour side on the policing and crime before that day in an attempt to explain to them and give them a heads up and that the offer of a meeting was ignored? Does that not seem rather odd?

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Answer for MPS Accountability (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for MPS Accountability (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I think most people watching this will think it is a bit of a storm in a teacup about who was invited to which committee when, and really, there are bigger and more important issues to do with policing in London on which the Assembly could shine its flashlight.

Steve O'Connell (AM): Which is the point I am making. We will agree the legislation has changed the terrain. We have to work in a different way. This is not going to be the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) again and colleagues around here and around police and crime need to try and understand that. I would suggest, Mr Mayor, we do go forward. We listen to what the Deputy Mayor has to say about how he wishes to take this forward and we try to work with him as opposed to, again, trying to achieve cheap political points.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes and I can hear Caroline [Pidgeon] interjecting that it goes both ways, and I think it does go both ways. I think it is important that there has clearly been a misunderstanding. Let us make sure that everybody understands how the system is going to work, how scrutiny is going to be accomplished and let us hold not just me and Stephen Greenhalgh to account but let us hold the police to account and continue to reduce crime in London. That is what we are paid to do. We are paid to reduce crime in London, not to argue about who goes to which committee when.