Assembly Tories Complain Of Lefty "Stitch Up"

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 69 months ago
Assembly Tories Complain Of Lefty "Stitch Up"

Brief London politics news: the London Assembly has divvied up the committee chairs in such a way that we expect to see more Tory walkouts from the Chamber, along the lines of that which scuppered a debate on cycling safety last year.

The left-leaning parties (Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens), who hold 16 of the Assembly's 25 seats, have brokered a deal to "share power in the operation of the Assembly" (see PDF of the document obtained by Mayorwatch). It says there are "a number of positions for the Conservative Group" but perhaps they had looking after the sandwiches in mind, since of the roles that have been allocated so far, Roger Evans is the only Tory Assembly Member to get one: Deputy Chair of the Audit Panel.

Of course, Conservative AMs Kit Malthouse, James Cleverly and Victoria Borwick have been the lucky recipients of top appointments from Boris, but that hasn't stopped them complaining bitterly:

Another London Assembly AGM and yet another dirty back room Labour/Green/Lib Dems stitch up. I wonder why we bother having the meeting?

For anyone still interested, Jennette Arnold (Labour) is Assembly Chair for another year with Darren Johnson (Green) her Deputy. We'll be back at Mayor's Question Time in a couple of weeks and will report whether it continues to be as bad tempered as it was pre-election.

Photo of the London Assembly Conservatives from the GLA Conservatives Twitter account

Last Updated 11 May 2012

StLW

I think that walkouts will not be possible/effective, as with the 9 tories walking out the remaining 16 will still be judged as quorate

James Cleverly

The key element is in that last paragraph.  It looks very much like the Labour group have bought off the Lib Dems and Greens with a promise to vote for a disproportionate allocation of the group support budget.  When the money is allocated to each party group see if the Lib Dems and Grrens do better than their numbers in the Assembly would indicate.  Don't be surprised if we do proportionately worse.