The Assembly threw away its chance to give Boris Johnson a two hour grilling on his budget decisions this morning. With one Conservative member missing, Labour saw an opportunity to rush its amended budget through and voted to eject the mayor from the chamber shortly after the meeting began.
Before he left, Boris called the gathered Assembly members 'great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies' for not 'having the guts' to ask him questions, to chuckles from the public gallery.
However, the plan backfired when missing member Victoria Borwick - who was late because of tube delays - turned up and overturned the opposition's majority.
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