Letter: Mayor for London

Sir: Donald Macintyre ("Ashdown ran away from telling the harsh truth", 25 September) ascribes Liberal Democrat opposition to an elected mayor for London to "little more than the self-interest of the ubiquitous Liberal Democrat councillors".

I have never been a councillor, but I have opposed this proposal long before my party came to join me. An elected mayor would hold a dangerous and potentially unaccountable concentration of power and would be less well placed than an assembly to broker conflicts of interest between different areas of London.


Liberal Democrat Spokesman

House of Lords

London SW1