London’s mayor Boris Johnson has condemned a fellow Conservative for “extravagant” expenses claims.
Brian Coleman, who chairs the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, claimed £3,480.20 in the year to March, more than three times as much as any other authority member. Most of this was for taxi journeys and car mileage allowance.
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “The mayor is disappointed with Brian Coleman, does not approve of his extravagant expenses and has made this clear to him.
“Only members of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, however, can tighten the expenses regime relevant here. We’d encourage them to do so.”
The spokesman said that Mr Coleman was appointed to chair the authority by the mayor, but would not elaborate when asked if his position was in question.
With the exception of £364.80 claimed for three nights’ stay at last year’s Local Government Association conference, Mr Coleman’s claims were almost entirely for taxi journeys, mileage allowances and the capital’s congestion charge. There were more than 200 in all.
The second highest claimant was Wandsworth LBC’s cabinet member for finance Maurice Heaster (Con) at £1,156.22. Eleven of the remaining 17 board members claimed nothing.
Mr Coleman has been approached for comment. He told a newspaper that he no longer claimed for a Travelcard, a season ticket usable on London public transport, and “if you look at all the claims across City Hall I am one of the most moderate”.