I spent the day at City Hall, meeting colleagues, being shown around the building and being formally signed in.
The mood was interesting. Lots of smiles and handshakes and promises of good working relationships in the future, and that was from the other parties. The members of the Conservative group were upbeat but it is clear that the focus will be on getting the job done rather than patting each other on the back. That said I had lots of congratulations from a range of Assembly Members for the scale of the win in Bexley and Bromley.
Boris’ signing in speech showed the humour that we have come to expect but he also made the serious point that we need to make good on our election commitments and put political prejudice aside for the good of London. He also made it clear that he wouldn’t tolerate and “dogs in the manger”. On an unrelated note I noticed that Sir Iain Blair didn’t clap at the end of the speech.
Seeing members of the BNP milling around the building put a downer on the day. You can thank proportional representation and the collapse of the Lib Dem for that.
UPDATE: To be fair the almost complete lack of UKIP campaign also was a contributing factor. The main culprit was PR, it is why I am so against it.