Mainline Rail (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
James Cleverly
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


James Cleverly AM MP:  Thank you, Madam Chair.  Mr Mayor, how much information did you get about the proposals to close the £1.9 billion black hole in the fares box from the Labour Party’s alternative budget proposal?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Mainline Rail (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Mainline Rail (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  The Labour Party’s alternative budget proposal was going to explain how they were going to do it. 


James Cleverly AM MP:  That is right.


Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Where is the Labour Party’s alternative budget?  I seem to remember ‑‑


James Cleverly AM MP:  Mr Mayor, you will forgive me because my memory is not what it was and I am struggling to remember the passage in that tome that outlined how they are going to fill that £1.9 billion number. 


Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I am sure it is somewhere.  Has anybody seen the Labour Party’s alternative transport budget proposal?  Where are they?  I hesitate to intrude on private grief but, as I recall, what happened was they had some sensible proposals that they were going to make.  Then the Labour candidate for Mayor arrived, Mr Sadiq Khan, and tore them up and said that he did not like their proposals and they decided - rightly, I may say, and I defend the sovereignty of the Labour Assembly just as I defend the sovereignty of the House of Commons - that they were not going to take this and, therefore, they did not produce any proposals at all.  They sit there in infantile aphasia, unable to comment, with nothing to say.


James Cleverly AM MP:  Mr Mayor, when I look across this Chamber I see people who, whilst we have had disagreements over the past, must be regarded as some of the most thoughtful and experienced people in London politics and I include Val Shawcross AM in this.  There are no two ways about it: there are very few people around this Chamber who know more about London transport policy and costs than Val Shawcross and she will remind us about it, without a shadow of a doubt.


Do you think it is inappropriate that some Johnny-come-lately candidate, who clearly knows nothing about transport policy, ignores the wise counsel of the very people upon whom he should be relying?


Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I do think it is very, very sad.