Monday, 5 May 2008

Boris Johnson Breaks Assembly Act on First Day

Boris Johnson today announced that Ray Lewis would serve as his 'Deputy Mayor for Young People,' despite never having been elected to the post. 

Yet as the excellent MayorWatch points out, the Greater London Authority Act 1999 only allows deputy mayors to be appointed from the assembly.

The appointment of the ex-prison governor as a deputy mayor is therefore arguably in violation of the founding constitution.

The Evening Standard were reporting as early as last September that Boris would appoint a series of Deputy Mayors, in following with the American system under Michael Bloomberg.

Yet under the London system there can only be one deputy, who must be an elected assembly member. The appointment of Lewis, before the official Deputy Mayor has even been decided, is therefore a further sign of Boris' complete inexperience with the workings of local government.

And only one day into his mayoralty, it is not yet clear quite how many more unelected deputies will be needed before Boris can start to run London.


Toneytony said...

Oh Boris! We only gave it to you yesterday and you've broken it already? Keep an eye on him will you?

The Tory Troll said...

I will try Tony, I will try.