There were shouts of "disgrace" in City Hall today as Conservative London Assembly Members walked out of a debate about the future of tube ticket offices
The Assembly were due to debate a motion on Boris's planned cuts to ticket office opening hours, when all the present Tory AMs walked out.
Under GLA rules the Chair Dee Doocey was then forced to bring the meeting to a close as less than half of the Assembly were present.
The issue of ticket office closures is what prompted yesterday's tube strike and there were shouts of outrage from those who had come to hear the motion debated.
Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said after the meeting:
“It is shameful that the London Assembly has today been prevented from debating key issues including the threat to people living in homes owned by the Crown Estates and the planned reduction in opening hours at tube ticket offices. These are bread and butter issues for Londoners and the London Assembly is here to make sure London's voice is heard."
This is the second time that Tory AMs have walked out of an Assembly debate on ticket office closures:
Labour Assembly group leader Len Duvall said today:
"They’re actions are disgraceful and bring the Assembly into disrepute. Londoners elect their Assembly members to represent their interests, not to close down debate when the tough questions come up. Boris Johnson made a clear promise to keep ticket offices open but is now breaking that promise. His Tory colleagues know that this will be deeply unpopular across London so they are running scared.
Former Mayor Ken Livingstone has sought to make Boris's broken promise to defend ticket offices an election issue.
However, his attempts are significantly weakened by the fact that he himself planned to close down ticket offices when he was Mayor.
Of course all of this could have been debated if the Tory AMs had stuck around.
But considering that six of their group didn't even bother to turn up today, then perhaps the actions of the rest are no great surprise.