London Mayor election update

  1. Evening Standard latest: Lee Jasper (aide to Ken Livingstone) admits £18,000 was improperly diverted. Police now investigating …
  2. … and as Lynne Featherstone points out, that makes five police investigations into allegations of financial misdeeds at City Hall and the London Development Agency (LDA). As Lynne says, once again there are also question marks over whether their press operation has been telling the full story.
  3. Political Betting casts reasonable doubt on the last YouGov Mayor poll (which put Brian Paddick on 8%, +1%): the sample size was just 240, which makes the margin of error +/- 6.5% – a very high figure. (This is the margin of error for the random sampling process; in addition there are other causes of error, such as a systematic bias in who is asked to take part in a poll.)
  4. No-one has yet guessed the correct answer in my Boris Johnson tea cups competition. There is still time for you to beat the field.
  5. And finally: slightly belatedly, there is this humorous sketch.
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8 Comments

  • Hywel Morgan 9th Feb '08 - 6:26pm

    I don’t know what Brian has said specifically on that point but such a view would seem consistent with the stance we took in government in Scotland.

    http://www.libdems.org.uk/noidcards/scotland.html

  • I have, today been into London and used the Underground (Bakerloo and Victoria Lines)

    I am 64 and have a walking problem, but to date am still able to use the escalators. However I found myself feeling very unsteady whilst on the escalator which made me wonder how much longer I can carry on like that. I don’t want to find out the hard way by coming a cropper whilst travelling on the very steep escalators

    I realise that the DDA has the eternal rider of “reasonably practical” but the disabled access to the tube is extremely poor.

    Can you please let me know what plans you have of making the Tube more disabled friendly so that London does more than just lip service to access for the disabled?

  • Well done to Simon Hughes for saying exactly the right thing on the 2nd preference vote this morning: Brian 1, Ken 2. Let’s just hope members take the advice of the wise Lib Dem President before the polls close.

  • derek ashcroft 4th May '08 - 10:19pm

    It would be nice if somewhere 2 days after the election to actually find some voting figures for the candidates. There was more than just Boris & Ken but nothing in the papers or on the wireless.

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