James Forsyth

Should Boris be answerable to a Commons select committee?

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Boris’s evident frustration with the House of Commons’ Transport Select Committee (footage above) is making waves. Yesterday in Parliament devoted about a quarter of the programme to it today, and Martin Bright writes that:

“Walking out of a select committee hearing (however tedious it is for the Mayor of London to be asked awkward questions about the job he is doing) is just unacceptable.”

But I fail to see why the London Mayor should be answerable to a Commons Select Committee for London Transport? The Mayor of London is elected by the people of London and should be held accountable both by them and the Assembly Members that they elect, not a Committee chaired by the MP for Liverpool Riverside.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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