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MAYOR FIGHTS DIRTY FOR CONTROL OF POLICE AUTHORITY'

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Ken Livingstone was today attacked for claiming powers he does not have by announcing that he had asked Len Duvall ...
Ken Livingstone was today attacked for claiming powers he does not have by announcing that he had asked Len Duvall as chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). Under the GLA Act it is the members of the MPA who elect their Chairman from their members.

In addition the Mayor revealed that he had suggested to David Blunkett that the Home Secretary's 'independent' nomination to the MPA to represent his interests should be Toby Harris. Lord Harris is a Labour peer and was the Leader of the Labour London Assembly Group as well as previous Chair of the MPA until he lost his seat in the 10 June elections.

Brian Coleman, Conservative London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden, said:

'This is a clear example of the mayor trying to stitch-up senior appointments when he have no power to do so.

'The mayor knows he does not have the power to appoint the chair of the MPA but he is clearly trying to use his election victory to bully the police authority into submission to accept Len Duvall.

'Lord Harris was rejected by the voters of Brent and Harrow and yet the mayor is trying to smuggle him back into London politics by the back door to increase Labour representation on the police authority. It is important for London that he does succeed in this attempt to subvert the democratic process on the police authority.'

Notes

The GLA Act (Schedule 26, Section 6(1) states: 'The MPA shall at each annual meeting appoint a Chairman from among its members.'

Len Duvall is Leader of the Labour Party on the London Assembly and is also chair of the London Labour Party.

The home secretary is allowed to make one appointment to the MPA to represent his interests, mainly on issues to do with security, Royal protection etc. That home secretary nomination is deemed an 'independent' member of the MPA.

The make up of the London Assembly is 9 Conservative, 7 Labour, 5 Lib Dem, 2 Green and 2 UKIP.

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