Addressing council, De Lille lashed out at her detractors and those who leaked a forensic report into corruption at the City.
“It is a minority, but some who are in this council are hell-bent on smearing my name. But as I have said many times before, I will not be deterred,” she said. “I will not break and I will not give into these vehement and racist bullying tactics.”
Before listing the successes of the City, De Lille said: “I will not be leaving under a dark cloud.”
After her address, proceedings took a turn for the worse when chief whip Shaun August announced his resignation.