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LIB DEMS REFER MAYOR'S ACTIONS OVER PARTY TO THE STANDARDS BOARD

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The Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly has written to the Standards Board for England, asking it to inve...
The Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly has written to the Standards Board for England, asking it to investigate the mayor's behaviour at a party he attended in North London in May.

Graham Tope, leader of the Lib Dem group, said:

'I have made a formal request to the Standards Board to investigate because the mayor's actions over this incident may have brought the Greater London Authority into disrepute and furthermore, his actions may have been contrary to the GLA's Code of Conduct if the evidence that the Evening Standard claims to have is true.

'I believe that only by having the Standards Board investigate this matter can the question of who is telling the truth be solved. Until this is done London's government will remain under a cloud, and issues of real importance to Londoners will fail to be discussed and debated in public.'

The letter to the Standards Board follows:

Dear Sir

Over the past month Londoners have read in their only regional daily newspaper a stream of allegations made about the behaviour of the London Mayor Ken Livingstone at a party he attended in North London one Saturday night.

The London Assembly has on two occasions had the Mayor appear before it and on each occasion Mr Livingstone has rejected the accusations put forward by the Evening Standard. On Thursday June 27th I wrote to the Editor of the Evening Standard urging her to refer the actions of the Mayor to the Standards Board for England and Wales. I have received no response to that request.

The decision to ask the Evening Standard to refer this matter to the Standards Board of England and Wales was not taken lightly. I accept that the London Assembly has twice been able to ask questions of the Mayor, and try and seek out his explanation of his actions that night. However the Evening Standard continues to tell readers of its newspaper that the Mayor's statements are incorrect and that it has evidence that directly contradicts the Mayor's.

I now write to make a formal request for the Standards Board to investigate the Mayor's actions over this incident, because they may have brought the Greater London Authority into disrepute and the Mayor's actions may have been contrary to the Greater London Authority's Code of Conduct (Para 4. 'A member must not in his official capacity, or any other circumstance, conduct himself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing his office or the Authority into disrepute) if the evidence that the Standard claims to have is true.

I believe that only by having the Standards Board investigate this matter can the question of who is telling the truth be solved. Until this is done London's government will remain under a cloud, and issues of real importance to Londoners will fail to be discussed and debated in public. I hope you will take up the request for an investigation.

Yours faithfully

Graham Tope

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly

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