The senior Boris Johnson aide who Scrapbook revealed had been accused of harassment has been named as his deputy mayor, Stephen Greenhalgh. The Tory, who is paid a whopping £127,784 per year, has apologised after allegedly fondling the bottom of a female member of staff in a lift.
Despite claiming that he could not remember the incident, Greenhalgh gave the following statement to Snipe late last night:
“I would like to apologise unreservedly for anything that could be or may have been construed as inappropriate behaviour on my part.”
Greenhalgh was appointed as Boris’ deputy mayor for policing in June after Scrapbook broke the news that he was quitting as leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
His tenure got off to one of the worst starts in City Hall history after he attempted to answer policing questions on his own — spurning the assistance of the Met boss Bernard Hogan Howe, who would usually accompanies the deputy mayor.
The incident is already the territory of a City Hall turf war … but more on that later.