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:
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.