Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat members of the London Assembly have been accused of ‘gagging’ Conservative colleague Richard Tracey by refusing to hear a motion tabled by him concerning Tube strikes on the day of the Royal wedding.
Following recent reports of possible strike action by Tube union ASLEF on April 29th, denied by the union, Mr Tracey sought to introduce a motion condemning any strike or threat of strike timed to coincide with the Royal event.
Before the motion could be heard by Assembly Members, AMs first needed to vote to allow it to be tabled. A coalition of non-Tory AMs, a majority of Assembly Members present, voted against hearing the motion.
Speaking after the meeting Mr Tracey accused his political opponents of “voting to ignore the concerns of Londoners”, stressing that “tube strikes, especially on the day of the Royal wedding, are of serious worry to people.”
Mr Tracey added: “This was a clear tactic to gag criticism of the irresponsible and unreasonable behaviour by militant trade unions. If members want the Assembly to be relevant, then it needs to debate the issues that matter most to Londoners.”