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The London Mayor's budget

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has defended his budget for the 2011/2 financial year during a hearing with members of the London Assembly on 10 February 2011.

He announced that the recruitment freeze in the Metropolitan Police would be lifted, as a result of additional funding of £42m for the capital's police.

The Met's recruitment freeze began in September 2009.

Mr Johnson it would mean there were more police than at his 2008 election.

However Labour has claimed that Ken Livingstone's final budget as mayor would have seen more officers.

He also announced a reversal of a previous decision to cut the amount of money for local transport budgets that is given to London boroughs.

Mayor and London Assembly membership


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