Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Boris Johnson stands by David Ross (for a bit)

After yesterday's all-day news blackout Pippa Crerar reports a senior City Hall source as saying that: "The Mayor is not yet convinced" that David Ross should go.

But pressure is growing for a quicker and fuller response as Paul Waugh reports on the links between Ross, David Cameron and a six-figure donation. 

Boris is apparently awaiting the results of an FSA investigation but that will take some time and the questions just keep on coming. So how much longer can Boris hold out?

Is he now at risk of repeating the same mistakes he made before the resignation of Ray Lewis?


-Update- Well he didn't hold out for very long


And another one bites the dust...

19 comments:

chris said...

"Boris stands by David Ross"

He's certainly looking better these days.

The Troll said...

Yes pink is his colour don't you know?

I wonder why the Standard keep on using these pictures. She is his ex-girlfriend after all. Hmm

Tom said...

What are the bookies saying?

The Troll said...

They'e saying it's all over.

Worst attempt at 'standing by your man' ever!

Anonymous said...

Ross just resigned his post! More news soon from Pippa Crerar, BBC, et. al

Tom said...

Kerplunk. I've seen less falling down at a bowling alley.

The Troll said...

What are you talking about? Boris is a man of Iron. Filings.

Tom said...

It was lack of filings that got Rossy into trouble.

Arf!

The Troll said...

Added a statement from the Mayor. This is beginning to feel like a live blog.

"Resignation Watch: Tracking Boris aides' resignations every step of the way."

Tom said...

"We counted them in, and we counted them back out again"

Labour (press release) said...

Another one gone: Departure of adviser raises doubts over Mayor's judgement

Responding to the resignation of mayoral adviser David Ross, Labour's deputy leader on the London Assembly John Biggs said: "Having now lost almost as many advisers as he's appointed, the serious questions about Boris's judgement show no signs of going away.

"There's no doubt this was a serious mistake by Mr Ross. But the greater error was from the Mayor, appointing him to such an important position within his administration. This was obviously not "just the man for the job" to ensure financial probity in the Olympics finances, as Boris claimed when he appointed his friend Mr Ross.

"The Mayor and the Conservative Party have put great faith in various city millionaire friends. Cases like this show that this faith is misplaced and their judgement lacking."

Ends.

Notes: David Ross is the sixth Boris Johnson appointee to leave City Hall under a cloud of controversy.

Tim Parker: left after falling out with the Mayor over roles and responsibilities
Ray Lewis: resigned after allegations of sexual financial impropriety
Nick Boles: returned to Conservative Party HQ following criticism of his handling of the Lewis resignation
James McGrath: resigned after saying Caribbean Londoners could "go if they don't like it here", following Boris Johnson's election

Bob Diamond: was due to head the Mayor's Fund but decided against the idea after just a few weeks

Tom said...

"sexual financial impropriety"

!!!

Where was he putting the money?

chris said...

[inserts withdrawals pun here]

The Troll said...

How do you insert a withdrawal?

Dee Doocey (Lib Dem press release) said...

"David Ross has done the right thing in standing down but Boris Johnson should have seen earlier that the case for him going was overwhelming.
Now the Mayor must urgently replace Mr Ross with someone more appropriate on the LOCOG board so that Londoners can be re-assured that the costs of the Olympics are being closely monitored."

Anonymous said...

The thing is that the timing of this announcement makes the Standard look stupid. Within minutes of their paper hitting thire stands their lead article is out of date. They should give Boris a kicking over this.

Tom said...

Perhaps Andrew Gilligan could do one of his fearsome no-holds-barred award winning investigations into Boris' increasing reliance on spin? How much is Guto paid again?

Anonymous said...

Boris Johnson seems to be more affected by the increased price of Christmas trees as you can read all about in today's Daily Telegraph.

The Troll said...

Well you know what they say - look after the little things and the big things go to ****