The case was referred to the adjudication panel, the members of which are appointed by the Lord Chancellor in a similar manner to magistrates, because the London Assembly had already taken a view on the mayor's conduct, making it inappropriate for their standards committee to hear the case.
'The public expects all elected members to conduct themselves in a manner that is beyond reproach. It is right that the facts of this case have been aired and considered in public in this way.'
The Standards Board for England's costs of this case have amounted to approximately£45,000. The greater part of this has been due to complex legal issues raised during the case. It is understood that the costs for the Adjudication Panel are approximately£7,000.
The Standards Board for England is responsible for promoting high ethical standards and investigating allegations that members' behaviour may have fallen short of the required standards.