Sunday, 7 December 2008

Boris Johnson now under investigation by the GLA

Boris Johnson is under investigation for alleged breaches of both the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Authority codes of conduct it was revealed today.

The news of a GLA investigation comes after Boris Johnson:

  • Spoke out against Damian Green's arrest 
  • Revealed he had spoken to Damian Green about that arrest, 
  • Revealed the contents of a private discussion with the Commissioner of the Met before
  • Publicly throwing doubt on the possibility of any prosecution of Damian Green ever taking place. 

In the  complaint sent to the Chief Executive of the MPA and seen by Tory Troll, the London Assembly Labour group leader Len Duvall alleges that these actions constitute clear breaches of the code of conduct.

Under the code, Boris in his role as Mayor of London and Chair of the MPA must uphold a number of general principles. It is alleged that he has broken the following of these:


You should serve only the public interest and should never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person. 

Honesty and Integrity

You should not place yourself in situations where your honesty and integrity may be questioned, should not behave improperly and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour. 

Duty to Uphold the Law

You should uphold the law and, on all occasions, act in accordance with the trust that the public is entitled to place in you.
It is also alleged that he has broken the following obligations contained in the code:

  • You must not disclose information given to you in confidence by anyone, or information acquired by you, which you believe, or ought reasonably to be aware, is of a confidential nature.
  • You must not use or attempt to use your position as a member improperly to confer on or secure for yourself or another person, an advantage or disadvantage.
  • You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or authority into disrepute

The sanctions for breaking the code range from an obligation to make a formal apology to full suspension from office.

The complaint will be discussed at the next meeting of the GLA Assessment sub-committee. 

Members will decide whether it warrants further investigation and referral to the Monitoring Officer, after which witnesses may be called and the Mayor requested for interview.

You can watch this discussed in full on today's interest-packed London edition of the BBC Politics Show.


Anonymous said...

There will be no charges against Green so Boris has been well and truly vindicated wouldn't you say?

The Troll said...

Anonymous- I don't think it's the accuracy or otherwise of Boris Johnson's prediction which is under question, it is whether as the chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Boris should be anticipating the results of ongoing police investigations, and phoning up suspects of those investigations.

I can't really see how the result of the Damian Green case affects whether or not Boris has broken the code of conduct.

Anonymous said...

It means that he was right and you were wrong. Zanulabour's purge has failed. What will Gordon do now?

The Troll said...

"It means that he was right and you were wrong"

Er, can you find any example of me claiming that Damian Green would be charged? Unlike Boris I thought it was probably not a good idea to anticipate an ongoing investigation, the facts of which were unclear.

pastyface said...

there can be little doubt that Boris has broken this code at the very least.

You must not use or attempt to use your position as a member improperly to confer on or secure for yourself or another person, an advantage or disadvantage.

His love of 'bigging up his part' could be his downfall.

The Troll said...

To be fair we shouldn't really anticipate the result here either. On the more general point I would agree that power does seem to have got to him. Pride before a fall and all that.

The Troll said...

Gilligan is as measured in his response as ever while deliberately missing the point (as ever again).