When Labour set up the London Mayoralty they clearly wanted it to be little more than a delivery arm of Westminster politics. That was why Frank Dobson was the official Labour candidate and why the Government Office for London wasn’t abolished.
To give him his due Ken Livingstone didn’t conform to that model and neither has Boris, yet GOL continued and maintained the strange mix of functions and accountability, duplicating the Mayor’s work in some areas, and completely unaccountable to Londoners. All this wasted effort cost the country over £15million a year.
The Conservatives have long called for GOL to be abolished and its functions either absorbed into other government departments or devolved to the Mayor. Within the first fortnight of the new government that is exactly what has been announced.
Now we need to get rid of the London Regional Select Committee which duplicates the work of the London Assembly.