This morning’s London Assembly Plenary was cut short after barely half an hour when the Tory Assembly Members walked out en masse, rendering the meeting inquorate.

What did they find so objectionable? They wished to prevent the Assembly from debating the proposed closure of London Undergound ticket offices and so orchestrated a mass flounce, meaning this issue of great importance to Londoners (and every subsequent issue in the agenda) could be conveniently ignored.

Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group issued the following statement:

It is shameful that the London Assembly has today been prevented from debating key issues including the threat to people living in homes owned by the Crown Estates and the planned reduction in opening hours at tube ticket offices.  These are bread and butter issue for Londoners and the London Assembly is here to make sure London’s voice is heard.

This disgraceful behaviour by Conservative London Assembly Members is an insult to the democratic process.

Shameful, indeed, not to mention undemocratic and demonstrating complete disregard for London and Londoners.

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