Boris Johnson personally approved Ian Clement's credit card logs and expenses for several months of this year it was revealed today.
Between March and June the Mayor was personally responsible for signing off Clement's credit card logs and expenses, a committee of the London Assembly was told.
Speaking after the meeting today, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group at City Hall Mike Tuffrey said:
"Since March 2009 the Mayor has been personally responsible for approving the expense claims of his Deputy Mayors."Serious questions remain about why Boris Johnson personally approved these claims, when staff knew there was a history of irregularities. The Mayor now needs to come and explain himself to the Assembly."
Boris's 'chief of staff' Sir Simon Milton, told the Assembly that the Mayor asked Clement to return his corporate credit card as early as August last year.
The Executive Director of Resources Martin Clarke also said that he repeatedly told Clement in person and in writing to desist from making personal use of the card.
However, despite this Clement continued to keep and misuse his card right up until he was forced to resign this week.
Despite having signed off these claims, Sir Simon still insists that the Mayor had no knowledge of the abuse, or even that Clement still had the card.
Asked then why he had signed off the logs for that card this year, Sir Simon replied that the Mayor could not be expected to "check every heading" that he signed.
Assembly Members today pushed for all GLA expenses to be itemised and made available immediately.
Mike Tuffrey said:
"For the future, there must be line-item disclosure of individual expense claims for the Mayor, for all mayoral advisers and Assembly Members, on-line and to the Audit Committee.”
Neither Ian Clement nor the Mayor were available to be questioned at this morning's meeting.
City Hall have officially referred the case to Scotland Yard. The Police will now decide whether it warrants an investigation.