Boris Johnson was coming under increasing pressure to fire his Deputy Mayor this morning after full details of his expenses were revealed.
The details revealed by the Guardian show that Ian Clement spent thousands on flight upgrades, groceries, a car repair, fine wines and dinners with fellow Tories.
However, whilst Clement repaid the so-called 'personal items' on the credit card bill, he has not repaid the claims for flight upgrades and dinners with his former colleagues at Bexley Council.
And despite being the Deputy Mayor for Government relations, Clement did not claim for a single meeting with a minister.
Instead the former leader of Bexley Council's dining companions included:
- Brian Coleman (Tory London Assembly Member)
- Gareth Bacon (Tory London Assembly Member)
- Kulveer Ranger (Boris's Transport Director)
- Theresa Villiers (Tory Shadow Transport Spokesperson)
- Cllr Mike Freer (Tory Leader of Barnet Council)
- Justine Greening (Tory MP)
- David Ruffley (Tory MP for Bury St Edmunds)
- Cllr Michael Rye (Tory leader of Enfield Council)
- James Brokenshire (Tory MP and PPC for Bexley and Sidcup)
- Melvin Seymour (Tory Councillor from Bexley)
- Joe Pollard (Tory Councillor from Bexley)
- Katie Perrior (Tory Councillor from Bexley)
- Jane Richardson (another former colleague from Bexley)
Speaking at today's Mayor's Question Time, Boris said that Clement's actions had been 'crass' and 'inappropriate', but insisted that there had been no dishonesty.
He could not say what disciplinary action had been taken but insisted that his Deputy would appear before the Assembly.
Asked whether Clement had offered to resign, Boris said that he had 'no intention' of discussing that.
If he were to go than he would be the fifth senior member of Boris's team to be forced out of office.
-Update- A user called GLAcityhall is requesting the 'speedy deletion' of Ian Clement's Wikipedia page. Why?
They are the sole creator and editor of that page...
-Update 2- The deletion notice has now been removed by another user (Hat tip to Alex J Thomas). Keep an eye on it here.
-Update 3- Questions are now being asked about a corporate credit card Ian Clement had whilst at Bexley Council.
His old opponents at Bexley want those receipts released as well according to the News Shopper.
And with good reason.
Tim Donovan also reported tonight that most Tory AMs and even one fellow Deputy are now calling for Clement to be sacked.