The committee decided not to do that, and instead decided to launch a short internal investigation. This was probably the best possible outcome for Boris. The last thing he would have wanted was a referral to the Standards Board, as it would have had echoes of the time his predecessor was referred and found guilty over his Nazi comments to a Jewish journalist.
However, certain politically motivated members of the MPA subcommittee decided that they would spin this in a rather different manner. The meeting broke up at 12.15pm this lunchtime. Within eleven minutes, Dave Hill, 'blogger laureate' to the London Assembly, had blogged the full details of the meeting. He pointed out that no one could say anything 'on the record' until a formal decision notice had been issued - hence no comment from Boris.
Eight and a half hours later, the MPA had the good grace to email the Mayor's office to inform him of the decision - five hours after all the details had been given to the Guardian's Helene Mulholland.
The very same committee then cleared Labour GLA member John Biggs of misconduct for alleging that Boris tipped Damian Green off - something he patently did not do. [UPDATE: John Biggs has asked me to point out that he totally denies making any such allegation and actually said the Mayor "
This committee is embarked on a witchhunt against Boris. And he should tell them exactly what he thinks of their Kangaroo court. It's entirely politically motivated.
At the time of Ken Livingstone's suspension by the Standards Board I argued that they had no right to suspend a democratically elected mayor from office, no matter what he had done. And I argue the same here - that Boris can only be ejected from office by the electorate, not a bunch of politically motivated individuals (led by MPA chairman and Livingstone lackey Len Duvall) who aren't fit to kiss his sweet white ass.