REPORT OF AN INVESTIGATIONBoris has issued the following statement.
MAYOR OF LONDON
BY JONATHAN GOOLDEN, BA(LAW) SOLICITOR
24th February 2009
11.1 I have concluded that in relation to the police investigation of Mr.
Green, Mr. Johnson did not fail to comply which the Code of Conduct of
the MPA. Specifically, he did not disclose confidential information,
improperly confer and advantage or disadvantage or bring his office or
authority into disrepute in breach of the Code.
I welcome the report of Jonathan Goolden. He concludes that I did not fail to comply with the Code of Conduct of the MPA and GLA and that I did not disclose confidential information, improperly confer and advantage or disadvantage or bring my office or authority into disrepute.
I will now reflect on suggestions for the future on how to deal with extraordinary situations when they arise. I have cooperated fully with Mr Goolden’s investigation and am pleased that it has moved so swiftly to deal with the issues that were raised. I am however disappointed that this investigation has so far cost the taxpayer in excess of £11,000. I am happy to engage in the adoption of a protocol to cover the management of information by senior police officers, senior members and officers of the MPA and I in relation to a critical incident.
So that should be the end of that then. The same, sadly, cannot be said of the Caroline Spelman case. It is a disgrace that the Standards & Privileges Committee did not decide on the case this morning and has delayed a decision for a week. I have been in meetings all day, so haven't caught up with the detail. I hope to blog on it later.