Assembly’s Labour chair fires warning shot at Tory Mayor Boris Johnson

07:00 12 May 2012

The London Assembly’s new chair began her third term last night with a warning shot fired at Tory Mayor Boris Johnson over housing.

Labour’s Jennette Arnold, voted Chair for the next 12 months, warned that the Assembly would watch closely to see how London’s housing crisis would be tackled during the Olympics year.

“The Mayor has significant new powers to address regeneration and housing need,” she said. “But we’ll be watching to see he delivers his election promises effectively.”

She added: “We have just fought a robust election. Now is the time for all Assembly members to work together to improve the quality of life in London across the full scope of the GLA’s responsibilities.”

Veteran Green campaigner Darren Johnson was voted Deputy Chair at the Assembly’s Annual Meeting at City Hall, which also voted in committees to examine Boris’s policies and to investigate issues concerning Londoners.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

You can try and substitute Lionel Messi, but really, he’ll do what he wants.

Read more

“Exterminate!” For a race so dedicated to destroying things, the Daleks are doing wonders for kids’ IT skills…

Read more

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has told how much she is enjoying being married.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

“Exterminate!” For a race so dedicated to destroying things, the Daleks are doing wonders for kids’ IT skills…

An Investigation is under way to work out how the fire started.

Brazilian wandering spider earns its name as another arrives in a bunch of imported bananas.

We loved her as the Oxo mum, but she was so much more than that.

TOP Stories

16 minutes ago
[Photograph by London Ambulance Service]

Firefighters are tackling a fire at a warehouse between Victoria Park and Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park.

09:39
The ITV studio was evacuated live on TV (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

X Factor contestant Stephanie Nala faced a second eviction today after a fire alarm caused the Lorraine studio to be evacuated live on TV.

08:51
(Pic: Ian West/PA Wire)

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham died yesterday in her husband Michael’s arms at a London hospital.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.