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Boris faces questions from London Assembly members

London Assembly Members are set to question the Mayor of London on issues including cycling safety and fuel poverty later on today.

The session at City Hall, the final Mayor's Question Time of the year, will last two and a half hours .

TFL's 'Fit for the Future' stations programme and the use of Oyster and travel cards on High Speed 1 trains will also be discussed.

Boris Johnson on city homes

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Johnson: It will take a long time before we have built enough homes to alleviate the pressure our city faces. @itvlondon

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Johnson says the Treasury should hand over control of government owned land. So another battle with govt looms. @itvlondon

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Labour's @fionatwycross "Is London simply now unaffordable". Boris Johnson: "No". @itvlondon

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Mayor questioned over tube strikes

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Johnson is talking about a 50% threshold for strike ballots.City Hall Tories claim the average is 39%. @itvlondon

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Johnson admits: It has not been possible to persuade the government to go for the 50% threshold. @itvlondon

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Johnson: issue repeatedly raised with govt: "Occasionally we've heard some favourable mutterings from the oracle... @itvlondon

Mayor's Question Time latest

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Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon claims Crossrail is wasting money - £320,000 on photographs, £1,000 on office cakes! @itvlondon

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Johnson: Crossrail needs closer and more direct scrutiny from London. @itvlondon

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Johnson on the "bedroom tax". The best, best solution is to get home-building going at an enormous scale. @itvlondon

Boris accused of not caring about Londoners' health

NHS protest.
NHS protest. Credit: London Tonight

A London Assembly member has accused Boris Johnson of not caring about the health of Londoners in a heated exchange during Mayor's Question Time.

Despite demonstrations, and one noisy protester being led away from the meeting, the Mayor refused to be drawn on the proposed closure of Accident and Emergency departments in the capital.

But, he admitted he had not responded to a public consultation on the issue.

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Boris vows new bus will 'not affect fares'

by Simon Harris
Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: PA

London Mayor Boris Johnson tells Mayor's Question Time the new London bus will cost "about the same" as a regular hybrid but will be more fuel efficient. He admits the annual cost of a conductor will be £62,000 per bus. But Mr Johnson insists there will be "absolutely no affect on fares".

The London Mayor and The Green Party's Darren Johnson had an argument about the green merits of the new bus. On the return of conductors, Mr Johnson said: "I not only keep my priomises, I keep Labour's promises as well."

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