Londoners are able to question the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the People's Question Time public meetings. By law, two of these meetings are held a year. These take place in different London boroughs, to make it as easy as possible for a wide selection of Londoners to have the opportunity to attend.
Concerned about travel times for the public and the lack of democratic accountability, West Central London Assembly Member Tony Devenish spoke out after it was announced that the venue for the next People's Question Time would be moved from Westminster to City Hall in Newham, east London. He took the opportunity to raise this with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, asking,
"Are you, Sir, and are your officers saying that the Met Police cannot keep the Mayor of London safe for two hours?
"In the City of Westminster. At a public meeting. A statutory meeting under the GLA Act."
The Commissioner confirmed a private briefing would be provided.
Tony Devenish is the West Central London Assembly Member for Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. You can find out more about his work via the City Hall Conservatives website.