A spokesperson for the Mayor of London has defended criticism of the cost of Mr Johnson's October trip to China claiming the "costs have already been reimbursed many times over" in investment and trade deals.
“The costs of the Mayor’s trip to China have already been reimbursed many times over in terms of deals announced by businesses he met and lobbied on the visit that will provide hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in London," a spokesperson for the Mayor of London said.
"Those deals are part of a huge wave of Chinese investment and confidence in the capital. The objective of the Mayor’s visit was to position London as the city of choice for Chinese business, tourists, entrepreneurs and students with a view to attracting the jobs and growth to London
"The objective of the Mayor’s visit was to position London as the city of choice for Chinese business, tourists, entrepreneurs and students with a view to attracting the jobs and growth to London that are already in evidence in the deals announced since the Mayor returned."
London Mayor Boris Johnson's trade trip to China cost over £65,000, a Freedom of Information Request has revealed.
The total cost of the week-long trip was £65,653.42, during which the Mayor held meetings with companies and politicians in a bid to attract investment to London.
Over £50,000 was spent by City Hall on travel, with £1,456 on eight business class train tickets, £11,532 on accommodation, £2,645.92 on incidental expenses and £1043 on visas, the Huffington Post reported.
The Mayor took nine City Hall officials, eight business representatives and seven journalists for the trip.