London Mayor Boris Johnson “can’t even be bothered” to run the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), Tony McNulty said today.
Calling the Tory mayor a ‘clown’, the Harrow East Labour MP slammed him for his decision to quit his year-old leadership of the London police.
According to the Press Association, McNulty criticised Johnson for a number of failings, including not delivering the money for rape crisis centres and raising the price of travelling on public transport in the capital.
McNulty also said the mayor had broken his promise to have more police operating in London. He said the most recent proposals meant a 500-strong decrease.
Johnson is stepping down because he wants “reorganise and refocus” on other projects, and McNulty questioned those commitments.
“This man can’t even be bothered chairing the MPA but still takes £250,000 from the Daily Telegraph.
“Isn’t it the case that London has stopped laughing at this clown?”
Johnson’s decision means his deputy will take over the reins at Scotland Yard. It follows a change in the law which enabled the mayor to take control of policing in the capital.
Harriet Harman said today she will call for a Home Office investigation into his decision.