Rupa Huq MP calls for a fresh Garden Bridge public inquiry
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Today, the excellent Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central & Acton (can we adopt her?) went on BBC Sunday Politics programme to highlight the many foibles of the Garden Bridge, not least the lack of accountability for those who recklessly cost the public £43M with nothing to show for it. The Garden Bridge Trust are winding up business and will probably get away with 'spaffing up the wall' (ref: Boris Johnson) millions of public funds if we don't call for an urgent public inquiry from both the Charity Commission and the Public Accounts Committee. As Rupa said, there is a lot of "passing the buck" going on and any governing body worth its weight, should scrutinise the GBT, TfL and Department for Transport (and its cronies) for this colossal scandal that must not lead to any repercussions.
Tory Jackie Doyle-Price (Minister for Health) also called upon Meg Hillier MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee to look into this case - and Labour's Wes Streeting stressed that there are much needed river crossing elsewhere in London. He added that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was right in pulling the plug on public funding for the toxic project and risking the wrath of 'national treasure' Joanna Lumley whose ill-conceived idea it was to start with.
Last week (Friday 15th March), Rupa called an Adjournment Debate in the Commons where she denounced the many failings of the Garden Bridge, its Trustees, TfL and the Department for Transport. However Transport Minister Andrew Jones took the flawed view that there had already been "robust scrutiny" of the project and that it would have been "captivating" for the capital and that his department had not compromised its obligation to provide good value for money for the public. Perhaps his constituents in Harrogate and Knaresborough might have a different view given the gross inequality of funding for transport projects in the North compared to the South.
Please contact Meg Hillier email@example.com and the Public Accounts Committee and the Charity Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org) and urge them to hold a new public inquiry/investigation into the Garden Bridge, given there is so much fresh evidence that they have not considered. Tell them to get in touch with us - and we'll do the rest.