Responding to reports that Boris Johnson has thus far failed to attract sponsorship for either the London New Year’s Eve fireworks or the New Year’s Eve free travel, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:
“The Mayor’s New Year’s Eve preparations are descending into a total shambles. Boris has clearly taken his eye off the ball having not only failed to secure sponsorship for the New Year’s Eve fireworks but also for the night of free travel Londoners have come to expect.
“At the same time the Mayor is asking Londoners to pay to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks, the taxpayer looks set to foot the bill for the Mayor’s failure to secure sponsorship. What nobody wants to see is London’s New Year’s fireworks or free travel being cut back as a result of Boris’ failure to attract sponsorship for these iconic events.
“It’s not like New Year’s Eve has crept up on the Mayor, he’s had the whole year to secure this sponsorship but seems to have been more interested in planning his return to Parliament than securing the best New Year’s Eve deal for Londoners.”