‘Boris should not be al­lowed two jobs’

In­de­pen­dent elec­tion ri­val says be­ing mayor and MP poses con­flicts of in­ter­est

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AC­TIVISTS have writ­ten to the courts and the gov­ern­ment ar­gu­ing that Boris John­son should not be al­lowed to re­main both Lon­don Mayor and MP for Uxbridge & South Ruis­lip.

Michael Do­herty, who stood against Mr John­son as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date in the gen­eral elec­tion, has sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion to the Privy Coun­cil Of­fice out­lin­ing his case.

Among many other points made in his lengthy sub­mis­sion, Mr Do­herty ar­gues that Mr John­son’s may­oral pow­ers to make pol­icy de­ci­sions on mat­ters such as hous­ing, polic­ing and trans­port pose a con­flict of in­ter­ests with his du­ties as an MP.

A Privy Coun­cil spokesman said the of­fice was cur­rently tak­ing ad­vice and would re­spond to the pe­ti­tion in due course.

Be­fore the elec­tion, pe­ti­tion­ers said that were Mr John­son to be elected they would go to the High Court to ar­gue a sim­i­lar case – that Mr John­son’s role as head of the Mayor’s Of­fice for Polic­ing and Crime (MOPAC) pre­vents himhi f from l legal­lyll b beingi ablebl Mag­is­trates’M it t ’ to serve as an MP. con­firmed.

They ar­gue that head­ing In her sub­mis­sion, Ms MOPAC is es­sen­tially the Moosun had ar­gued same as be­ing a Po­lice and pri­mar­ily that Mr John­son Crime Com­mis­sioner could not legally stand for (PCC), and reg­u­la­tions elec­tion as an MP be­cause, pre­vent PCCs from as Lon­don Mayor, she si­mul­ta­ne­ously be­ing MPs. claimed, he was al­ready a

How­ever, the Elec­toral civil ser­vant and a mem­ber Com­mis­sion has re­jected of the leg­is­la­ture. this ar­gu­ment, say­ing the The Greater Lon­don two roles are dif­fer­ent in Author­ity (GLA) law. mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer, Ed

Sab­rina Moosun, who Wil­liams, had said in a also ran against Mr let­ter to Ms Moosun’s John­son in the elec­tion, but solic­i­tor that Mr John­son as a can­di­date for the falls into nei­ther cat­e­gory, Com­mu­ni­ties United Party, filed an ap­pli­ca­tion for a court sum­mons against him ahead of May 7, ac­cus­ing him of elec­toral fraud.

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Court dis­miss­ing her case as hav­ing ‘ no foun­da­tion in law’.

Mr John­son told the Gazette: “The law is very clear on this, but ob­vi­ously if they want to pur­sue it, they must. But there’s no prece­dent and there’s no legal ob­sta­cle, so I think let them get on with it.”

A spokesman for Mr John­son added: “As the in­de­pen­dent GLA mon­i­tor­ing of­fi­cer made clear in his re­sponse to Ms Moosun’s solic­i­tor back in April, there is no va­lid­ity in her com­plaint. There is prece­dent for a mayor be­ing an MP – [Ken] Liv­ing­stone did that.

“In ad­di­tion, the Mayor of Lon­don is not a civil ser­vant, the GLA is not a leg­is­la­ture, the Lon­don As­sem­bly is not a leg­is­la­ture and the mayor is not a mem­ber of the As­sem­bly.”

n DUALD ROLE:ROL Boris Joh John­son (left (left) was vot voted in last month; (rig (right) Mic Michael Do Do­herty (ce (cen­tre) sa says there is a co con­flict of int in­ter­est

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