Twelve members of the London Assembly have been appointed to the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) by newly elected Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Existing members Richard Barnes, Len Duvall, Jennette Arnold, Dee Doocey, and Jenny Jones have all been reappointed and are joined by Kit Malthouse, Steve O’Connell, Dick Tracey, Victoria Borwick, James Cleverley, Navin Shah and Caroline Pidgeon who were all elected to the Assembly on May 1st.
Mayor Johnson said he was “pleased to welcome new members onto the Authority, and welcome back members who have already served with commitment and dedication.”
Labour Peer and former Assembly Member Lord Toby Harris has also been reappointed as an independent member to represent the Home Secretary’s interest in the Metropolitan Police Service’s national and international functions.
MPA Chair Len Duvall said the Authority had “worked with the Mayor of London, the Commissioner and others to achieve a great deal over the past few years – not least the biggest increase in police numbers in the history of the Met, and the rollout of police and PCSO teams across every ward in London.”
“But there is still much to do, as has been clearly demonstrated over the weekend with the senseless murder of yet another teenager. This is clearly unacceptable, and we will work with the new Mayor, Commissioner and many others to bring about even greater improvements in order to make our streets safer.”
All 12 Assembly Members have been appointed until until 30 September 2008 when new powers allow the Mayor to chair the Authority or appoint a chair. At present the Authority elects the chair from within their own number.