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"The London Assembly came under pressure to justify its worth today after one of its own members suggested that it should be scrapped.
"Tory Andrew Boff claimed that members spent much of their time making themselves 'look busy' to justify the body’s £7.7 million annual cost.
"He said that the Assembly, which is supposed to act as the 'eyes and ears' of London and hold the Mayor to account, should either be given 'proper powers' or be wound down.
"... Elections expert Robert Gordon Clark, chairman of the London Communications Agency, said: 'These could be the most interesting Assembly elections since 2000'."