Boris steps down as chair of London’s police authority
PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:31 05 October 2010
BORIS Johnson has stepped down today as chair of the London’s police authority after 15 months. The Mayor is nominating his deputy to take his place, City hall announced this afternoon
BORIS Johnson has stepped down today as chair of the London’s police authority after 15 months.
The Mayor is nominating his deputy to take his place, City Hall confirmed this afternoon.
The Assembly has the power under the 2007 GLA Act to question candidates the Mayor puts forward to take up posts in London’s key organisations.
The Assembly’s chair, Darren Johnson, said: “The Mayor’s decision to step down from the Police authority raises questions about future accountability of policing in London and how priorities will be set.
“The Assembly will use its confirmation hearings to ensure both police and public are clear about their roles.”
But Boris is not relinquishing overall influence.
“Let it be clear that as directly-elected Mayor I still retain control over policing in the capital,” he insisted. “I will continue maintaining a relationship with the Police Commissioner.”
Boris presided over the selection of a new Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and his top team’ and put in place a strategic direction’ for policing in London over the next three years.
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