London Assembly Member Mr David Kurthen placed 4 questions to the London Mayor about Julian Assange in July 2017, here is a record of them with the relevant answers by the Mayor:
Now that Sweden has withdrawn its arrest warrant for Julian Assange, will the Metropolitan Police re-assign officers posted to watching the Ecuadorian Embassy to more important duties, such as keeping the public safe from terrorists?
As you may be aware there is an active warrant issued by Westminster Magistrate Court for failure to appear, and the MPS are obliged to execute it.
The MPS will provide a level of resourcing which is proportionate to that offence.
Will the Mayor investigate the decision to spend tens of millions of pounds spying and attempting to arrest Julian Assange when this money could have gone to protecting us from terrorism?
The allegation that the MPS have spent tens of millions of pounds spying on Julian Assange is incorrect.
There is an active warrant issued by Westminster Magistrate Court for failure to appear, and the MPS are obliged to execute it. This is an operational matter for the police who are continuing to review the situation.
Will you lobby the government to overturn the arrest order from the Home Office for a minor breach of bail conditions in June 2012, so that taxpayers money can be spent on more useful policing operations?
Julian Assange is subject to arrest under the Bail Act, for breach of conditions laid by the High Court.
This is an operational matter for the MPS who are keeping the situation under review.
Is the Mayor aware of private police contractors operating in Hans Crescent, Basil Street, and surrounding area of Knightsbridge, are they licenced and what is their exact role?
The MPS have not engaged any private police contractors operating in the surrounding streets of the Ecuadorian embassy.
Organisations or communities may fund their own security patrols and the MPS will work with personnel in the most appropriate way to prevent and detect crime.