Labour are tonight seeking to portray an Evening Standard report as ‘proof’ that Tory Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson “isn’t up to the job”.
Today’s Standard reports that Mr Johnson is “holding secret talks with potential executives to run City Hall” if he wins on May 1st. The report claims senior Tories are concerned that a badly run capital would have an adverse impact on David Cameron’s chances of winning the next General Election.
According to the paper Mr Johnson’s campaign team have denied that the Tory leadership “is directly involved in such plans”.
Speaking this afternoon Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for London, said the story meant David Cameron was telling Londoners “Boris Johnson isn’t up to the job.”
Ms Jowell said “the whole idea of parachuting in business executives to run City Hall is cynical and anti-democratic. David Cameron is asking Londoners to elect someone he is determined won’t be allowed to exercise power. It means London voters don’t know who will run their city if Boris Johnson is elected.”