Have we just witnessed the first significant cockup of Boris’ second stint as mayor? City Hall spinners have briefed that Kit Malthouse has been dumped as deputy mayor for policing to make way for former Hammersmith & Fulham Council, Stephen Greenhalgh (pictured):

But the position of deputy mayor classified as a politically restricted advisory position — which is out of bounds for a councillor. Boris’ team don’t seem to be familiar with City Hall’s own interpretation of the so-called Widdicombe rules, which state:

“senior officers should not be politically active, and as a consequence should not be councillors.”

To accept the role, Greenhalgh would presumably need to resign his seat, causing a by-election.

It looks like normal service has resumed.

  1. Robert Kaye says:

    Deputy Mayor for Policing isn’t a GLA official, but a statutory office holder under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act. This new statutory role was introduced in 2011 – a year after the GLA paper you cite. It is not politically restricted.

    Try again boys.

    Robert Kaye
    Former adviser to Rt Nick Herbert MP, Minister for Police and Criminal Justice Reform

  2. Not the first time. He did exactly the same thing in appointing Sir Simon Milton as an adviser on planning.

    This can only be seen as either stupidity or blatant contempt for the office.

  3. I have been in direct email contact with Mr Greenhalgh and supplied him with irrefutable evidence that the Met wasted millions of pounds of public money during 1987/97 by its apparently deliberate failure to tighten control on sick leave abuse as explained in my letter to The Times, July 6th 2012. I believe that this virtual encouragement of officers to exploit the sick leave facility was to cynically camouflage the significant number of those under investigation for malpractice to retire on ill – health grounds which entail lengthy periods of sick leave. I was provably victimised for exposing this scam. No wonder the Hillsborough scandal took so long to expose. It’s a career killer to blow the whistle in police circles.

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