The Conservatives now dominate City Hall’s committees – which hold Sadiq Khan to account – after an extraordinary deal was done with the Greens and Lib Dems. Two Tories have also been elected to the major leadership posts on the London Assembly.
The three political parties said they tried to secure a four party agreement for chairing committees based around the proportion of seats each group has on the London Assembly.
Their plan would have allowed Labour to chair five committees, the Conservatives four, Greens one and the Lib Dems one in the first year of this administration.
The three parties claim that Labour decided to walk away from any agreement and refused to chair any committees.
However, Labour blasted the Greens and Lib Dems for “getting into bed with the Tories” and accused them of forming a “coalition” and “betraying their progressive values”.
It means that despite being the largest party in City Hall – with 11 members – Labour will not be taking up any chair and deputy chair positions.
In last week’s election, the Conservatives won nine seats, the Greens three and the Liberal Democrats two. It means no one party commands a majority on the Assembly.
Labour lost one of its 12 seats in last Thursday’s elections but crucially retains a “blocking minority” of more than a third to prevent Mr Khan’s annual budget being overturned.
A photograph showed a jubilant Green leader Caroline Russell and Tory leader Susan Hall celebrating their deal with the Lib Dems.
Meanwhile, Conservative Andrew Boff was also elected to the role of Chair of the London Assembly and his Tory colleague Keith Prince was made Deputy Chairman.
One London Labour party source was not happy that the party did not strike a deal with a smaller party and told the Standard: “They’ve done over the Mayor’s office and they’ve done over themselves.”
Tory leader Ms Hall said Labour members had “abdicated their responsibility to hold the Mayor to account” and added: “Instead of agreeing to a fair deal on the Assembly’s committees, ensuring all Londoners’ views are represented, they’ve refused to chair a single one.”
Green Ms Russell said they had worked hard to achieve a “fair and proportional” arrangement for cross-party scrutiny.
Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon said: “Up to the eleventh hour every effort was made to reach such an agreement. I am only sorry that Labour have chosen not to join us.”
Len Duvall, leader of the London Assembly Labour group, said: “Just a week ago, Green and Lib Dem candidates were standing on supposedly progressive platforms – a week later, they’re in bed with the Tories. They’re betraying the very people who put them in City Hall, and they’re betraying their progressive values. They say they want to reflect the political balance of the Assembly yet they’re supporting each other’s preferences and not Labour’s.
“What we essentially have here is a new coalition. It’s disappointing to see the Lib Dems and Greens backing the Tories this way – they had a choice and they’ve decided to go with those who want to weaken our public services.”
Mr Duvall said Labour did not have to chair any committees to “play a full part in scrutiny”.
This story is being updated…