Boris Johnson’s “long goodbye” from his role as Mayor of London passed a new milestone today (Wednesday) as he handed over the reins of two important City Hall bodies to civil servants. London Assembly Member Dr Onkar Sahota AM accused the Mayor of “clearing his desk a year early” in an attempt to focus on his Parliamentary and political roles in a move he said was leaving the capital “increasingly mayorless.”
The London Assembly will today (Wednesday) hold confirmation hearings for the Mayor’s nominees to take over as chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC). The Mayor served as chair on both the bodies until he resigned only days before the General Election and indicated he would instead appoint civil servants to take his place.
In the case of the OPDC the Mayor stood down just a month after he took up the chair and having only attended a single meeting. Residents in the area have reacted angrily to the news that the Mayor is stepping down with some writing to Dr Sahota, their local Assembly Member, to complain.
Labour London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon Dr Onkar Sahota AM said:
“This is just the latest chapter of Boris Johnson’s long goodbye from City Hall. The Mayor seems intent on clearing his desk a year early and focusing his energies elsewhere since his election to Parliament, leaving Londoner’s increasingly mayorless.
“These two regeneration projects are massively important and make many controversial decisions, handing over the reins to civil servants like this will remove an important layer of democratic accountability.”