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MQT Summary – May 2012 –

Mayors Question Time May 2012 was a great success. The GLA Conservatives have made several summaries of the event, and hope to give you an idea what our priorities are.

Roger Evans Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge discuses the changes with the new Assembly, Romford Station review (0:25), the New Routemaster expansion (0:52), and his proposed moment of silence for the Munich Games Massacre (1:12)

Look after the break for more on the moment of silence, and some information on the proposed Silvertown Crossing.



On the Munich Olympics One-Minute Silence

Roger Evans
Evans criticises "small-minded" IOC

Roger Evans AM, London Assembly Member for Havering and Redbridge has today criticised the International Olympic Committee for refusing requests for a one-minute silence to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed at the Munich Olympics 40 years ago.

Speaking after Mayor’s Question Time where the matter was raised with Boris Johnson, Roger Evans said:
“There is cross-party support for a one-minute silence inside the Olympic Stadium as part of the Opening Ceremony to commemorate this black day in Olympic history and it is to their shame if the IOC takes a small-minded view on this issue.

“My constituents in Havering and Redbridge, and I’m sure the vast majority of Londoners, would strongly support the Mayor in doing everything he can to push the IOC to think again.”


On the Silvertown Crossing

James Cleverly
James Cleverly wins Boris’s reassurance that plans for Silvertown link tunnel are proceeding “at full tilt”.

Bexley and Bromley’s GLA member, James Cleverly today won assurances from the Mayor of London that plans for the new Silvertown link tunnel will become a reality.

Quizzing the Mayor at his first Question Time since the election, Mr Cleverly won assurances from the Mayor that plans for the tunnel are “proceeding at full-tilt” because it would not only provide jobs in the short term through building but in the long term through greater connectivity north and south of the river. In short Boris said it was “the right thing to do”.

Speaking afterwards, James Cleverly said:

“It is fantastic to have such a fulsome commitment from the Mayor on the building of the Silvertown link tunnel.

“I hope that preparatory work to start the project begins as soon as possible, not only for all the reasons the Mayor said, but also because it will for ever bury the idea of the Thames Gateway Bridge, which would have massively blighted parts of my constituency.”


More Summaries from our group
James Cleverly Blogspot – Discussing EMA, and Thames Gateway Bridge / Silvertown Crossing
Roger Evans City Hall Blogspot – Discussing Go Dutch Cycling, Crossrail, New Buses, Munich, and New Members
Tim Donovan BBC News London – Boris Johnson quizzed by London Assembly