Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has accused Boris Johnson of presiding over “a record of extraordinary managerial incompetence” following the resignation of Mayoral aide Ian Clement for the misuse of his taxpayer funded credit card.
On a damaging day which has seen the London Assembly vow to proceed with a planned investigation into Clement’s use of the card and the safeguards implemented by the Johnson regime, Livingstone said the departure of a fifth senior aide “is by any reckoning a record of extraordinary managerial incompetence at the top of London government.”
Livingstone, no doubt relishing the opportunity to repay Johnson for a stream of comments seeking to capitalise on allegations surrounding Lee Jasper, said his successor’s record “is a total contrast to my administration – which saw in eight years only a single resignation.”
”Boris Johnson has brought in a regime beset by the serial loss of top leaders who have been forced to resign due to misconduct or driven from office by the incompetence of the new Mayor’s Office.”
In addition to Clement four other top Johnson aides – ‘deputy mayors’ Ray Lewis and Tim Parker, deputy chief of staff James McGrath and Olympics advisor David Ross – have all quit their posts.