Leader of Jobbik

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


As London’s elected Police and Crime Commissioner do you consider the Home Secretary was correct in not excluding Gabor Vona, Leader of Jobbik from the UK, when he came to London to address a rally of his supporters recently?


Answer for Leader of Jobbik

Answer for Leader of Jobbik

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you very much, Andrew.  You are asking about a fellow called Gábor Vona, leader of something called Jobbik, who came to address people in the UK recently.  Your question is whether the Home Secretary should have excluded him.  I have to tell you I had to look up who you were talking about because he did not make much impact when he came here, as far as I can make out, although he may have spoken to a gathering, which was - from what I can gather - pretty sparsely attended.  The best thing we can do is not give repulsive figures like Mr Vona any further publicity.  What this guy craves is the oxygen of publicity, Andrew.  It is a mistake to give him any further such oxygen. 


Andrew Dismore AM:  That is a very worrying question, Mr Mayor, because one of the reasons for exclusion is public security.  Unfortunately the police did not even know he was coming until I found out and told them.  There was the possibility of a very serious near riot at Holborn Tube Station when Vona turned up with his Jobbik fascist crew.  It was only because a Labour member of Camden Council found the room which they booked under false pretences and managed to get the room closed down and even took the key away that it prevented the police having to force a way through the demonstration for Jobbik’s crew to go and have their meeting.  That was a potential very serious flashpoint indeed.  It was lucky in the end that that did not happen.


Darren Johnson AM (Chair):  A quick response to this because the Labour group are nearly out of time.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  As I say, my impression of the visit of this character is that it was - despicable though his views are, loathsome though he is and what he may stand for - he had very little actual impact.  The worst thing we can do is babble on about him because that is what he wants.