Monday, July 16, 2007

Does Ken Livingstone live in Brighton?

Dave was doing his usual media tarting on 18 Doughty Street tonight. One of the other guests was a particularly unpleasant arrogant woman by the name of Helen Szamuely. Her main response to anyone who disagreed with her was that they were wrong, she was right and they did not know what they were talking about. In the debate about Boris Johnson wanting to stand for London Mayor , she pronounced that Ken Livingstone lived in London. When questioned on that she said everyone in London politics knows that .

Well its the first I have heard of it and I spend time in both London and Brighton. My understanding is that to be Mayor you need to live in London? Perhaps I am wrong but I assumed it was similar to being a local councillor , who needs to live in the constituency even if not the ward.

Perhaps some London comrades can answer this, does Ken live in London or Brighton? She did not say both, she said he lived in Brighton and did not mention two homes , which is another issue .

I'm curious now . Of course if you are involved in London politics you really must know the answer , everyone does .

Update Just done a google search and it seems Ken has a second home in Brighton. Now there is of course the issue of having two homes, but the statement Helen made was that 'he lived' in Brighton. I am assuming his main home is in London. Just being nit picky ...