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Transport For London Boss Bought Toy Buses For Boris Johnson On Expenses

24/04/2013 15:22 BST | Updated 24/04/2013 18:06 BST
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: London Mayor Boris Johnson travels on a new prototype red double decker bus near Trafalgar Square on December 16, 2011 in London, England. The new bus design mimics some of the features of the iconic red London Routemaster bus and is scheduled to come into service in 2012. The original Routemaster was introduced in 1956 and a number of them are still in use on heritage routes in London, following their withdrawal from regular routes in 2005. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You wait ages for a toy bus to play with - and then four of them come along at once.

The head of Transport for London has claimed £175 on expenses in order to buy toy buses for Boris Johnson.

A Freedom of Information request by MayorWatch found that Sir Peter Hendy has recently bought four £34.99 toy models of the Mayor’s new Routemaster.

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TfL has insisted the toys were purchased so Boris could give them as gifts to foreign visitors - rather than for the mayor to push around his desk and fill with tiny model Londoners.

The Evening Standard reports that Sir Peter's 17,000 expenses bill was also used to buy magazines, meals and to fund rides in taxis (real ones, not toy taxis).

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