I'm not a fan of Johnson or his policies, but this is subverting democracy.
Labour, the Lib Dems and Greens had spotted that statutory deputy mayor Victoria Borwick was missing from the proceedings and decided to rush ahead to the vote.
The Assembly needs a two thirds majority to change the Mayor's budget but the Tories currently have just enough members present to prevent this happening.
However, Mrs Borwick turned up with minutes to spare, saving the Mayor's blushes as well as his plans to cut fire and police services, while shaving a small sum off the council tax precept.
The Mayor's budget was later approved unamended by the London Assembly by 16 votes to nine.
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