Boris Johnson was at City Hall this afternoon to sign the ‘declaration of acceptance of office’ and to meet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy.
After the signing Mr Johnson – who doesn’t officially become Mayor until midnight Sunday – gave an passionate speech in which he promised to administer the capital in the interests of all people and to build on the achievements of outgoing Mayor Ken Livingstone.
Johnson urged supporters to put aside tribal loyalties and be receptive to ideas whoever they came from and whatever the political leanings of their proposer.
Tory party officials had organised a crowd of supporters to greet Johnson as he arrived at City Hall.
His speech was cheered by supporters although many seemed less enthusiastic about his words of praise for Mr Livingstone.
Amongst those attending the event were Assembly members Brian Coleman and Roger Evans who have served on the Assembly since the first Greater London Authority elections in 2000 and James Cleverly who replaced Bob Neill who stood down at the election after succeeding Eric Forth as MP for Bromley and Chislehurst.