TNT Post (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Kit Malthouse
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


On the Living Wage, this is obviously a cross-party campaign.  While you very wisely adopted it and we have now hit and exceeded our target, are you aware of any Labour Members of the Assembly having written to a single employer in their constituencies or elsewhere urging them to participate in the scheme?  Are you aware of any of them attending any of the launches, or congratulating any of the businesses, or attending any of the accreditation schemes for the Living Wage?  Are you aware even of any of the London Labour MPs writing on the campaign, which incidentally the leader of their party has adopted as part of his manifesto, apparently?  Are you aware of them putting a scintilla of effort into creating any kind of atmosphere or lobbying anybody to join the London Living Wage?

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Answer for TNT Post (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for TNT Post (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not think I am aware of that.  Maybe they can break their silence for once and give us a clue about whether they lobby firms in their constituencies to take up the Living Wage. 

Kit Malthouse AM:  Given the hundreds and ‑‑ 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  As they sit there, they have their heads down.  There is a lot of consulting of BlackBerrys going on.

Kit Malthouse AM:  Mr Mayor, given the thousands of businesses that you have written to on the London Living Wage, does it ‑‑ 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  A lot of consulting of BlackBerrys, but what happens?  What has he done?  Nothing, as usual, not a single -- 

Kit Malthouse AM:  ‑‑ not surprise you that they have probably not written to a single one ‑‑ 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Look at them.  Unbelievable. Suet. 

Kit Malthouse AM:  ‑‑ or even Members of the Green Party have written to any businesses about the London Living Wage, lobbied any business directly that they are involved with, anyone in the supply chain that services their offices?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No, no. 

Kit Malthouse AM:  Not one.  They have not lifted a finger on the Living Wage.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not think they have.

Kit Malthouse AM:  You have not lifted a finger on the Living Wage in six years, other than to pose questions in this Chamber, and it is meant to be a cross-party campaign.  Not a finger. 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Mr Biggs, what sort of point of order is this you wish to make? 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Hang on, actually, I should say I think one of them ‑‑ 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Mr Mayor, can we just ‑‑

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Actually, sorry, Kit, I am going to answer.  I have to say Fiona [Fiona Twycross AM] did take up the case of the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, so we would have to say Fiona at least took up the case of one company.

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  No, rubbish. 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not know.  Did Andrew Dismore AM do anything?  I do not think so.  The people of Barnet and wherever he is trying to stand as an MP will want to know.