Boris Johnson’s commitment to London has been called into question this week as it was announced the Mayor would join David Cameron’s political Cabinet in addition to his role as Mayor of London and newly elected MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. There is a real risk that the Mayor will get swept up in his parliamentary role and Londoners would be the real victims of the Mayor’s ambition.
Despite describing Mayor of London as the “greatest job in the world” it is now clear that Boris Johnson never regarded the mayoralty as anything more than a stepping stone to bigger things.
Johnson’s decision to stand for Parliament and then accept a place in the political cabinet, despite having another year to serve as Mayor, clearly breaks his promise after he pledged in 2012 that he was “absolutely not going to be returning to Parliament.”
With cuts to public services on the horizon, and ongoing challenges to housing and local infrastructure, Londoners need a Mayor who will look after the interests of our city – not one distracted by juggling two roles.
There next five years could be incredibly tough for London. We have public services facing further cuts, neighbourhood policing on the verge of collapse and the a housing crisis that is only getting worse. A Mayor with his eye off the ball will only add to these challenges.