Our Mayor is, at least, notionally, in favour of fair trade – the London Assembly recently passed a motion in favour.  Here are the voting statistics and some interesting facts:

1. The motion received 11 votes in favour  (Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green), 10 votes against (Conservative and BNP)
2. The following boroughs are expected to apply for Fairtrade status:  Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Haringey and Merton.
Nine boroughs have not yet achieved Fairtrade status and are not expected to apply:  Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Westminster.

A quick check to confirm what we all thought.  As an added bonus, I’ve put on any borough affiliations with Boris’s deputy Mayors:

Expected to apply (largest party first):

  • Barking & Dagenham – Labour
  • Brent – Lib Dem/Conservative
  • Haringey – Labour
  • Merton – Conservative (minority)

Not fans:

  • Barnet – Conservative
  • Bexley – Conservative (Ian Clement)
  • Harrow – Conservative
  • Havering – Conservative
  • Hillingdon – Conservative (Richard Barnes)
  • Kensington & Chelsea – Conservative
  • Wandsworth – Conservative
  • Westminster – Conservative (Kit Malthouse/Sir Simon Milton)

So just how genuine is the Mayor’s approval of fair trade, when his party, Assemblymen and chief lieutenants are overwhelmingly opposed?

 
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