April 15th 2008
"Boris Johnson today named Barclays Capital boss Bob Diamond as one of his key advisers for City Hall. The City's best-known banker would help him set up and run the multimillion pound Mayor's Fund, which will give money to some of the poorest Londoners."
April 19th, 2008
"Boris Johnson, the bouffant-haired Tory candidate for Mayor of London, has revealed the inspiration behind his decision to appoint Bob Diamond"
September 23, 2008
"Boris Johnson today risked angering thousands of Londoners struggling to cope during the economic crisis by defending wealthy bankers.
"The Mayor said that banking was one of the few global industries in which the capital "truly excelled" and suggested that people should stop "whingeing" about house prices boosted by City bonuses."
December 2, 2009
"Corporate giving could be making a comeback after Barclays pledged its support for Boris Johnson's Fund for London this morning.
"The Wharf-based bank promised a £1million donation over four years for the Mayor's Fund, a charitable initiative to help improve the lives of underprivileged children in east London."
January 1, 2010
"Boris Johnson threw down the gauntlet to shadow chancellor George Osborne today, urging him to rule out extending the supertax on bonuses.
"The Mayor is seeking reassurances that Gordon Brown's tax would not be imposed by a Tory government. The showdown comes after Mr Johnson claimed that up to 9,000 bankers could leave London."
May 28, 2010
"Mr Johnson has worked on the deal for months. City Hall is delighted at the investment, believed to be its biggest sponsorship deal. One source said it amounted to “payback” for the Mayor's support of financial institutions in the credit crunch."
Well fancy that!