Boris Johnson gave the former editor of the Evening Standard a £95,000 job without interviewing a single other candidate, his office admitted today.
A spokesperson for the Mayor said there was no requirement under the law to advertise for Mayoral appointments.
The mayor’s office insist that Veronica Wadley, who is a former colleague and close ally of Boris’s, was appointed on merit.
Wadley campaigned vigorously against cronyism at City Hall in 2008. She was interviewed by a panel chaired by Boris himself.
The Mayor’s office have been keen to point out that Wadley is not taking a salary in her first year.
However, her total pay over four years will be broadly the same as other Mayoral advisers, suggesting that this is simply a crude attempt to deflect criticism of her appointment.
Amazingly though, even after four days, her old paper still haven't found any room for this story!