Boris Johnson's Fire Authority is spending thousands of pounds of our money on a series of extravagant official lunches, Tory Troll can reveal.
So far this year, the Mayor's chair of LFEPA Brian Coleman has hosted two £88-a-head meals costing us a total of £1,500.
A further three lunches are planned for the coming months.
Lib Dem AM Caroline Pidgeon, who refused her invitation said:
"I think at a time when you can get a lunch at Gordon Ramsey's for £30, and money is tight across the private and public sector, it beggars belief that the Chair of the Fire Authority thinks it is acceptable to have extravagant lunches at a cost of around £750. Is this the value for money Boris talks about?"
Later in the year the Authority will hold a further three lunches for 'key stakeholders' including new GLA Chief Executive and former Barnet associate Leo Boland.
By comparison, in 2007/08 the Authority held one official dinner costing £500, a third of what has been spent this year.
The news that Coleman and associates are fine dining at our expense comes as Boris Johnson implements dozens of job cuts across the GLA.
It also follows the Mayor's comments that all members of the Authority should show 'restraint' during the recession.
Speaking in January Boris told LFEPA members that:
"I am generally in favour of restraint and insofar as I have a vote in these things, insofar as I am able to direct it I will direct restraint...
"I am in favour of us all trying to set an example"
Once again Brian Coleman has provided us with one.