Undercover Officers (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Mr Mayor, there are a lot of facts and figures and stories and all sorts of, information to be found still, however the police spent two days shredding ten years’ worth of documents from a top-secret anti-corruption unit within the Metropolitan Police Service.  The then head of anti-corruption, when he heard that his work had been shredded, said it was ‘gold dust stuff’.  How can you go to those lengths and spend all that money and it is not there?  I am just amazed.  In the past, you said a public inquiry into this whole issue was not necessary.


Supplementary To: 


Answer for Undercover Officers (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Undercover Officers (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

What year was this?


Jenny Jones AM:  You have changed your mind now; you agree that a public inquiry into this mess is necessary.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not remember saying there was no need for a public inquiry into this.  As far as I can understand it - are you talking about the shredding of the documents in 2003 when you were on the MPA?


Jenny Jones AM:  That is right.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  You did nothing and you knew nothing, in spite of your vast omniscience about policing, which you boasted so many times this morning, you knew nothing about the shredding of those documents?


Jenny Jones AM:  I did ask you if you thought a public inquiry was worthwhile into this whole issue around undercover spies.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do think it is worthwhile, yes.


Jenny Jones AM:  You said it was not.  However, now you think it is necessary, a public inquiry?


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do think it is necessary to have a public inquiry.  I do not think I made any comment about the shredding of the documents, I do not think I was aware of the shredding of the documents, rather like you, although I was not serving on the MPA at the time.


Jenny Jones AM:  The point is, this has been rumbling on for some time, we are not talking about all undercover officers, we are talking about undercover officers that target political groups, innocent people, and you somehow have managed to close your eyes to this and I am very glad that you have agreed that public inquiry is necessary, I am glad that Theresa May [Home Secretary] has made you see the light.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I think it is very important that we should be --


Jenny Jones AM:  What a wonderful woman, I am sure you agree.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not think you should be tarring all undercover officers with the same brush, they are doing a very valuable job in infiltrating organisations and I know you think they are all spying on Green Party members, they are not, they are trying to stop terrorism and ‑‑


Jenny Jones AM:  You keep telling me what I think, Mr Mayor, however you are way off the mark.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  You tried to tell me that I was against an inquiry when I am not against an inquiry.


Jenny Jones AM:  I will send you my CV; that might help you.