Mayor's Schedule

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4307
Question By: 
Len Duvall OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will the Mayor list his out of London engagements over the last month?

Supplementary Questions: 

Answer

Answer for Mayor's Schedule

Answer for Mayor's Schedule

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Thank you very much.  You want my engagements out of London.  I cannot give you many engagements out of London.  I can tell you what I did in London, if you like.  Shall I read the list?  It is fantastic.

 

Len Duvall AM:  It is not the question, Mr Mayor.

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  The question is actually about out-of-London engagements.

 

Len Duvall AM:  Let me help you.  I have a list of them.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Of what?

 

Len Duvall AM:  I have a list of engagements outside London and obviously your diary does not cover that: Bath, Swindon, Northampton, Corby, St Albans and Bedford.  I think Blenheim Palace was a book-signing and I might cut you some slack on that and your trip to the United States while others might not.  All those other issues are where you have done campaigning for the Conservative Party, Mr Mayor.

 

The question, Mr Mayor is: should Londoners be subsidising the Conservative Party and will you be submitting a bill for the days that you were out campaigning for them outside the London boundaries?  I would cut you some slack if you were campaigning for them inside London.  I do not think we should be paying for you to toddle off up and down the country to rescue your party, which is in dire straits.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Give me a break.  This is bollocks.

 

Len Duvall AM:  Will you be asking them to reimburse for those little sorties you have done in supporting various Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) and all the rest of it or are you going to try to justify that this is London business?

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  This is something I do for the Conservative Party.  I do it in my own time and I do it because I think it is the right thing to do and because I do not want a Labour Government.  If you want what I did within London in the last 31 days, I have had seven weekend days--

Len Duvall AM:  No, Mr Mayor, I am not interested in London.  I am quite aware of your work in London.  This is about outside London.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  You asked about my mayoral engagements.  These are not mayoral engagements.

 

Len Duvall AM:  They are not, but how do you justify what is your time and what is our time in London?  Does it have to be that you are physically here and that everything else is not - if you know what I mean - London mayoral duties or what?  How do you do that? 

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Unless I specifically tell you otherwise, Len ‑‑

 

Len Duvall AM:  But you ‑‑

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Listen.  The only way we can settle this is if we read out the list of all the things that I have done in the last 31 days in London.

 

Len Duvall AM:  Are you going to do a lot more in the run-up to the general election outside London?  Are you going to do a lot more?  Londoners will feel short-changed, never mind your own constituency.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No, they will not.

 

Len Duvall AM:  The question is, Mr Mayor, you are the London Mayor.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  This is rubbish.  This is a transparent attempt and a pathetic attempt to try to stop me campaigning. 

 

Len Duvall AM:  You are not the Leader of the Conservative Party and you are unlikely to be.  The question, Mr Mayor, is: London is being short-changed while you work here.  We knew that you were going to be an MP.  Fair do’s.  It is a London constituency.  We think you can manage both jobs.  We think that has happened in the past.  However, you are trooping up and down from London at our expense to campaign for a political party.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It is not at your expense.

 

Len Duvall AM:  Do you have no morals in seeking repayment--

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Sorry, it is not at your expense.

 

Len Duvall AM:  Do you have no morals in seeking repayment back to us here in London for your duties?

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  It is not at your expense.  Listen.  I really will not take any lessons from you guys.  As anybody who is on the eighth floor, I work unbelievably hard the whole time.  I would be amazed if there is anybody who has done as much in the last month as I have.

 

Len Duvall AM:  Outside London?  Yes, I would be amazed.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Let me read it to you.

 

Len Duvall AM:  You are the London Mayor, Mr Mayor.

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Are we through?

 

Len Duvall AM:  We are through.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  OK.  Among my additional engagements in the last  ‑‑

 

Len Duvall AM:  You are the London Mayor.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):   I chaired the Mayor’s Advisory Group on 9 October to discuss the London Ambulance strike and the Ebola crisis.  I met with Sir Roy McNulty [Chairman, Gatwick Airport Ltd]--

 

Len Duvall AM:  Shall we talk about your book-signings, Mr Mayor, or was that in your own time?

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Could I stop--

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Let me give you the whole list of what I have done in London.  Come on.  I met with Michael McGee, Non-Executive Director and Transport Partner with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), and Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, on 9 October to discuss Gatwick.--

 

Jennette Arnold OBE AM (Deputy Chair):  Mr Mayor.

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Stop the clock.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  This is interesting.  You might learn something.

 

Tom Copley AM:  This is disrespecting the Chair.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  This is interesting.  I launched the New Tube for London on 9 October.  I met with Mark Rowley [Assistant Commissioner, MPS].

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  Mr Mayor, we have stopped the clock.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I am still on 9 October.

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  We have stopped the clock so that you are not taking up anyone’s time with this.  I appreciate what you are saying is actually quite interesting.  It is in the report that you have submitted to us already.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I know.

 

Roger Evans AM (Chairman):  If you wish to submit it as an appendix to the minutes of this meeting then that is probably the best way to have it in the record.

 

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I am happy to do that. Very good.