Mayor answers to London

Team Meetings

Question number2143/2009
Meeting date15/07/2009

Question by Mike Tuffrey

Further to MQ 2083/2008 when you said, in response to my querying your lack of a Cabinet for London, “The details of all members of my team are on the public website, and we will be putting information about our regular meetings on the website in due course”; when can we expect information about your regular meetings to be made public? In your election manifesto "Making London's Mayor Accountable" you promised to "Create a Cabinet for London, to run London in a more business-like and efficient manner" with "the full agenda papers...on the Mayor’s website" leading to "a more open and transparent decision making process". How can you seriously purport that the Monday morning team meeting fulfils that pledge, given that it is about information sharing and coordination, not decision-making?

Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)

Whilst not fitting the letter of my pledge, I am content that the forum that has evolved over the year is effective. To strengthen decision making, I have appointed a formal Chief of Staff as well as publish a GLA Strategic Plan against which we will be held accountable. It is also important to remember that all Mayoral Decisions are put online at the earliest opportunity once they are signed.

The reality is that the mayoralty is not, and was never designed to be, a cabinet system of government. This is what distinguishes it from other forms of local and regional government and ultimately makes it more effective. What we have done is open ourselves to the same level of scrutiny that a cabinet would have. All advisers’ details are in the public domain, as are their line-by-line expenses. All attend and cooperate with Assembly committees, and also share information with members on an informal basis.

Main question

Mike Tuffrey