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KEN LIVINGSTONE SUSPENDED FOR A MONTH

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Commenting on the decision* by the Standards Board of England to suspend Ken Livingstone from office for a month, d...
Commenting on the decision* by the Standards Board of England to suspend Ken Livingstone from office for a month, deputy chairman of the London Assembly and Conservative member Brian Coleman, said:

'London deserves better.

'His complete failure of judgement and leadership raises serious questions about his suitability for office.

'During the proceedings, the mayor's lawyer compared him to the disgraced politicians John Profumo, Jeffery Archer and David Blunkett, claiming they brought shame on themselves but not their office if that is the case, Mr Livingstone, then why did they all resign?

'He seriously needs to consider his future.

'This is a humiliation for Ken Livingstone. He has let down every Londoner who has ever put their trust in him. His remarks were deeply offensive to every decent-minded person.

'If he had apologised, this entire episode would not have arisen. His refusal to do so means he brought this all upon himself.

'His complete failure of judgement and leadership raises serious questions about his suitability for office.'

* Standards Board statement

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