Bromley and Bexley representative leads criticism of Sadiq Khan for absence at City Hall
PUBLISHED: 16:21 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:21 28 June 2017
A motion noting "dismay" at the mayor's decision not to attend a scrutiny meeting was backed by London Assembly members
Bromley and Bexley’s representative at City Hall has blasted Sadiq Khan for not attending a crunch public scrutiny meetings in a move backed by members from all parties on the London Assembly.
A motion noting “dismay” at the mayor’s absence from a Transport Plenary on Wednesday, and demanding he attends all future meetings, was proposed by Conservative Gareth Bacon and approved by the assembly, which pointed out previous incumbents Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone were ever-presents at such commitments.
Sources close to Mr Khan, however, argue that the previously agreed schedule of plenary meetings had to be altered due to the general election, and he could not make the new date due to a previously arranged meeting with the London Economic Action Partnership.
Mr Khan is understood to be scheduled to attend a Transport Plenary in March.
Assembly members also accused the Labour politicain of “cutting short” Mayor’s Question Time, but a spokesperson confirmed Mr Khan had written to the meeting chair beforehand, requesting to leave after the scheduled meeting length of two-and-a-half hours, which he did, so that he could attend the opening of the first memorial in London to commemorate commonwealth soldiers who fought for Britain.
Mr Bacon, who is the London Assembly member for Bromley and Bexley, said: “The mayor has repeatedly attempted to avoid or minimise scrutiny by the London Assembly and it is simply not good enough.
“All parties have today publicised their growing frustration at Sadiq Khan’s apparent contempt for the body that holds him to account.
“This is a first for us at City Hall as both previous mayors showed a level of transparency and a willingness to engage - we have seen no such qualities from the current mayor.
“A pattern of behaviour is emerging and we will not stand for it any longer.”
Mr Khan and his office declined to make further comment.