Assembly Member Gareth Bacon responded to the appointment reported in today's Evening Standard article saying:

“This is another example of the Mayor’s lack of focus on the real issues that confront Londoners today like housing, transport and policing.

“The government already has a newly formed Department for International Trade.

“Ordinary Londoners might therefore ask if Sadiq Khan is allowing himself to be distracted by the glittering lights of the international stage."