Deputy mayor quits after procurement card 'misuse'

22 June 2009

23 June 2009 | Jake Kanter

A senior member of Boris Johnson's London administration has resigned over "repeated misuse" of a corporate credit card.

Ian Clement,(pictured) deputy mayor for government and external relations, stepped down yesterday following allegations he used the card to buy groceries and pay for meals. The personal use of corporate cards is against City Hall rules.

Last week Johnson said Clement's behaviour was not dishonest, but further revelations made his position "untenable".

In a letter posted on the Greater London Authority website, Johnson wrote: "As you know, I was extremely angry at the liberties you took with your corporate credit card… In the light of the further discrepancies in your expenses that have emerged this morning, it is clear to both of us that your position is untenable."

Clement apologised for "deflecting" attention away from the mayor's work for Londoners.

Jennette Arnold, chair of the London Assembly, said in a statement: "Ian Clement's repeated misuse of his City Hall credit card was a serious breach of Greater London Authority rules for which he has answered with his job."

Members of the London Assembly will question Sir Simon Milton, the mayor's chief of staff, about the issue on Wednesday.

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