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LONDON MAYOR'S 'SECRET'£75M ROAD CHARGE DEALS

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Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, presided over millions of pounds of secret spending to ensure his congestion cha...
Ken Livingstone, the London mayor, presided over millions of pounds of secret spending to ensure his congestion charge was problem-free ahead of his re-election campaign, according to The Sunday Times(p3).

It reveals that deals between Mr Livingstone's civil servants and the private contractors hired to run the congestion charge wasted£75m, equivalent to the profits of the first year. One source is reported to have said Mr Livingstone was effectively 'held to ransom' by Capita, the main contractor.

The newspaper says the disclosure of massive overspending will embarrass both Mr Livingstone and Tony Blair, who sponsored the mayor's return to Labour earlier this year following his expulsion.

Mr Livingstone is expected to point to the success of the congestion charge in his re-election campaign, which will be launched this week.

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