Responding to the news that Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has been suspended from office for four weeks, Jenny Jones, Green Party Member of the London Assembly and former Deputy Mayor of London, commented:
"What has happened today is that undemocratic officials have created chaos at the heart of London's elected governnment, they have thrown the whole organisation into a spin. Londoners voted for this Mayor - not any other.
"The Green Party believe in accountability at every level of government. What happens to Ken should be up to the Assembly and the electorate - if we want him to apologise that's up to us, it's not up to ten unelected, unknown appointees to turn the whole show into a West End farce.
"The Standards Board is governed by a body consisting of ten members appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister. Today, this undemocratic organisation appears to have pressed the self destruct button. Upholding standards in public life is crucial to a healthy democracy; today's decison shows that the current system we have in place - with its 'appointees' - does not work effectively. Actions like this call into question the credibility and the long term future of an organization like this."