Brian Paddick calls for Lee Jasper to resign

Heavy coverage for London Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick in the Evening Standard today with his call for Lee Jasper, one of Ken Livingstone’s senior advisers, to quit.

Brian headlines a series of people from across different parties calling for Jasper to go following the revelation that a series of emails raises rather a lot of questions over Lee Jasper’s previous denials that he had any close involvement in a series of controversial London Development Agency grants:

This is a very sad day, not just for Lee Jasper but for the black community in London. From the evidence I have seen it appear to me that Mr Jasper’s position is untenable and he should resign.

P.S. Number of grants now subject to police investigation: 6.

P.P.S. Total value of grants criticised in Deloitte report earlier this week for not having proper financial controls: £18.5 million

P.P.P.S Number of comments from Ken Livingstone admitting there might be something wrong with this state of affairs: 0.

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4 Comments

  • LiberalHammer 20th Feb '08 - 8:46pm

    Chris Paul, £18.5m may be insignificant in terms of the LDA budget (or it may not, I don’t know) but surely it is more relevant to consider how significant it is for Lee Jasper? I agree that only those funds he had direct responsibility or control for should be considered, but the % of overall LDA budget seems irrelevant.

    And, from what I know, an awful lot of public expenditure has awful controls. Otherwise less of it would end up with ‘consultants’ like KPMG, PwC, etc. Not to mention ‘outsource’ firms like Crapita (Private Eye passim). Not to mention the permanent qualification of the EU’s own accounts (i.e. the auditors don’t believe them!)

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