The full costs of Boris Johnson's recent Heathrow
Tory Rally People's Question Time have been revealed.
The costs, obtained by Will Parbury break down as:
Now I'm not quite sure how spending £1000 on taxis tallies with this statement on the Mayormobile:
"The Mayor has no intention whatsoever of acquiring an official car and has never wanted one. He cycles everywhere he possibly can, and if he cannot he happily uses public transport or very occasionally a taxi."
But there you go. Maybe it really was impossible for the Mayor and his guests to use public transport at 8.30 at night. Who am I to say?
Still, the cost is down from the £30k budgeted for the statutory People's Question Times, which just shows the kinds of savings cutting out proper democratic checks can make.
Meet the Stooges
In other news, we now have some more details about the forthcoming People's Question Times.
The next PQT is a statutory one which means that you can ask questions on whatever topic you like (there's a novelty). That's being held in Bethnal Green and you can register for a ticket here.
After that another 'ad hoc' single-issue meeting is tabled for June.
This one's on the Olympics, which is jolly good as long as that's the only subject that residents of Waltham Forest want to talk about.
After that the format changes. Perhaps stung by the criticism of the Hilingdon PQT as a 'Tory Propaganda Event' the Mayor's office have decided that the Croydon event will not be single-issue based.
However, rather than follow the proper statutory format with invites being given to Assembly Members, the guests for this event look set to be his Mayoral appointments alone.
According to a reply sent to the Croydon Labour party:
"The format of this meeting will not be the same as the Heathrow meeting in Hillingdon. The Mayor's office have proposed different formats and agendas for the additional four Public Consultation Meeting events (in addition to the statutory 2 People's Question Time meetings). Although the exact agenda is still being worked on, it will be along the lines of Meet the Commissioners (Met Police & TfL) and the Mayoral appointees."
So rather than hold a Tory Party rally, Boris is to hold a Team Boris rally instead. Now how many advisors can you fit in the back of a taxi cab...
The total cost for the event given above is £17,800. However, the total cost given in response to a question by Mike Tuffrey AM earlier this week was £19,000. Now the Mayor's office have given me yet another figure:
"Our budget for this event was £25,000. Figures provided to date reflect invoices received at the time. We currently await receipt of final invoices, however based on orders raised for the event, we anticipate the final figure to be in the region of £20,000."
Any more for any more?