Food poverty and malnutrition (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It is a quick one.  Mr Mayor, if you cannot make it to Tower Hamlets, would you ride the ten minutes down the road in the borough that you live, one of the richest boroughs in this city, and visit the food bank there, which is one of the busiest in London?  It is the scale of the problem that my colleague, Fiona Twycross, has been speaking to you about now for months and months.  Why do you refuse to even visit a food bank down the road from your house?

Answer

Answer for Food poverty and malnutrition (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Food poverty and malnutrition (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Let us be clear. I go everywhere in London, including the borough where I live, and I will doubtless be visiting all sorts of things in the city. 

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  You only have to say yes or no. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  What I will not do ‑‑ 

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  The answer is no. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  ‑‑ because I have bitter experience of doing it ‑‑ 

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  Please. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  ‑‑ is engage in some sort of stunt with the Labour Party ‑‑

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  Really? 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  ‑‑ because in my experience ‑‑ 

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  I have better things to do than -- 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  A Conservative stunt is fine.  In my experience, Labour stunts do not have my interests at heart.  That is why. 

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  It is OK, Chair. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It has been the tragic truth.