Group leader Len Duvall:
"Londoners need to know who is actually running their city. Is it Boris Johnson, who yesterday did not know that one of his deputies has been making major planning decisions on his behalf? Or is it his coterie of unelected appointees? The Mayor should be doing the job he was elected to do, not leaving it to his unelected backroom advisers while he writes his £250,000 a year Daily Telegraph column and looks after his constituents in Oxfordshire.
The whole appointment process is becoming more and more bizarre by the day. We now have a First Deputy Mayor, three notional deputy mayors and a statutory Deputy Mayor whose responsibilities seem extremely vague to say the least. There is a genuine lack of clarity about their respective remits. Londoners need to know who is running this show as it's looking less and less like Boris Johnson.
The chair of the London Assembly is already considering taking legal counsel as to the propriety of Mr Parker's appointment and it is rumoured that a number of other people were approached for this position before him but turned it down. At the very best it looks farcical."
Legal action could be interesting. And with grey areas surrounding the positions of Sir Simon Milton and Kit Malthouse, who knows, there could be quite a lot of it.