Boris’s Deputy resigns over credit card claims


by Adam Bienkov    
7:38 pm - June 22nd 2009

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Another day, another disposable deputy wheeled out of the spinning doors at City Hall.

“Ian Clement, Deputy Mayor for Government and External Relations, has resigned from the Greater London Authority (GLA) with immediate effect. He tendered his resignation to the Mayor of London this morning following the discovery of further discrepancies in the use of his corporate credit card. The Mayor has accepted Mr Clement’s resignation. His position will be filled in due course.”

You do have to wonder just what has been going on in Boris Johnson’s administration.

The man walks in dishing out vanity titles to any local big-wig, financial whizz kid, or snake-oil salesman who wants one, and then stands in amazement as they fall down around him.

And even after four of his other senior aides were forced out last year he’s still not learnt his lesson.

Last July when his then Chief of Staff (since resigned) appeared before the London Assembly he said that it would have been too “ball-breaking” for Boris to do the proper checks on Ray Lewis, before adding that:

“we all knew Ray and believed in him… It did not occur to us to doubt any of this stuff.”

The line from Boris’s spokespeople today was much the same. Clement was an elected councillor, who had been scutinised by his electorate, so why should Boris have doubted him?

But how difficult would it have been for them to have at least found this story about Ian Clement before giving him a corporate credit card? One “ball-breaking” Google search?

Ian Clement

Or failing that, how difficult would it have been to have worked out what he was doing with that card in this past year? One quick look at his receipts?

In Boris’s statement today he said that:

“In the light of the further discrepancies in your expenses that have emerged this morning, it is clear to both of us that your position is untenable.”

But these “discrepancies” didn’t just emerge this morning. They emerged in the bulk of receipts that his own office and Bexley Council released last week. Receipts that were released only after Liberal Conspiracy’s own Dave Hill started asking questions.

Did Boris even bother to read these receipts before offering Clement his backing?

What is he doing with his time up there in City Hall?

Update: A formal complaint has now been made to Scotland Yard (by the BNP)

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Reader comments


Wow, is that a scalp for Dave Hill? This is big news – unfortunately overshadowed by the Speaker stuff.

Yes it was Dave’s story.

Speaker-fest was a perfect day to bury bad news (see also the news about the Tories’ new group in the EP). Clement was due to be grilled before the Assembly on Wednesday, so it was today or never I guess.

My god, and even the Guardian has totally buried it:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jun/22/ian-clement-credit-card

4. Denim Justice

Another nail in the coffin of Boris’s re-election campaign in 2012 – the guy is practically handing ammunition to his opponents

My god, and even the Guardian has totally buried it:

What, is that it?

Still, it’s news that somebody’s called the police in.


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