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Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh has made his first public appearance in front of the London Assembly, since being warned over claims that he acted "inappropriately" towards a female colleague.
Ronke Phillips reports.
London's Deputy Mayor for Policing Stephen Greenhalgh has issued an apology after he was accused of behaving inappropriately to a female employee in a City Hall lift. Mr Greenhalgh said he was not admitting he was guilty but was apologising for the distress that the incident had caused.
A Greater London Authority monitoring officer has interviewed the employee but decided not to take action against Mr Greenhalgh as there was no conclusive evidence. However, Mayor Boris Johnson said he had spoken to his deputy about inappropriate conduct in City Hall.
One of the Mayor's deputies issued an apology today for apparently acting 'inappropriately' towards a female colleague.
She claimed that Stephen Greenhalgh - the Deputy Mayor for Policing - touched her in a lift.Boris Johnson has, in the last half an hour, issued an 'immediate review'.
Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris has the story.
The statement made by Stephen Greenhalgh is absurd. If he didn't do anything wrong why did he apologise? It looks like something did happen and Boris Johnson needs to get to the root of this immediately.
It is completely unacceptable that someone in such a senior position cannot recollect whether such a serious incident occurred only a few weeks ago.
– Leader of the Labour Group on the London Assembly, Len Duvall AM
Regardless of whether a formal complaint is made or not this needs investigating. This is a serious matter that needs urgent clarification. If it remains unclear or unresolved then he should step down.
I understand that this has been going on for four weeks, we need to know who knew what and when in the Mayor's Office, Boris needs to establish what has been going on.
Labour's Len Duvall describes Stephen Greenhalgh's statement as "absurd". @londontonight
Labour demands an investigation by Boris Johnson. @londontonight
Labour claims Boris Johnson's police chief Stephen Greenhalgh needs to answer "serious allegations of sexual harrsssment." @londontonight
Mayor Boris Johnsons's policing chief has apologised after claims he inappropriately touched a female City Hall worker in lift.
– Stephen Greenhalgh
"I have no recollection of this event, and I understand no Complaint has been made.
Non the less I'd like to apologise unreservedly for anything that could be, or may have been, construed as inappropriate behaviour on my part."
– The Mayor's Spokesman
The member of staff concerned has made it clear she does not wish to pursue the matter further.
She has also reiterated that she does not wish to make a complaint. The GLA has of course worked closely with the her at all times in accordance with it's proper procedures.