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… And asks the Press out

London Mayor Boris Johnson proved to be on evasive form when an AJ correspondent encountered him at his first press conference at City Hall today (4 June).

When asked by the AJ who his architecture advisor would be, Boris avoided naming names, saying ‘watch this space’. After previously expressing his distaste (‘So dated and silly) for the Pompidou Centre, Boris is unlikely to invite Lord Rogers of Riverside to continue in his role at Design for London.

The more conservative Prince of Wales' choice Quinlan Terry is also out of the picture, after Boris earlier slammed his ‘Pastiche classicism’. Suggestions on a postcard please.

Cornered on the affordable housing front for scrapping his predecessor Ken Livingstone's 50 per cent rule, Boris repeated his pledge for 50,000 ‘wonderful new’ affordable houses by 2011. Perhaps the new mayor should have studied maths rather than Classics – a subject it emerged he is keen to promote – as this number is far less than would have been built under Ken.

With promises to be ‘as open as possible’ and urging the Press to stop calling his mobile and duping him into interviews which 'I later get in trouble for’, Boris blustered and bumbled his way through a response to a journalist who urged him to reinstate weekly press conferences.

Instead, we are apparently all invited to join him out and about in the capital and pose our questions there and then – wherever and whenever that might be.

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