Ken: Make Olympic VIPs 'get on the bloody Tube'

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Olympic execs should have to get the Tube like everyone else, Ken said today.
Olympic execs should have to get the Tube like everyone else, Ken said today.

Olympic officials and corporate executives should be forced to get the Tube to the event like everyone else, Ken Livingstone said today.

Speaking at the press gallery lunch in parliament, the Labour mayoral candidate said the proposed VIP lanes for Olympic officials should be cancelled.

Executives from companies such as Coca Cola should "get on the bloody Tube like everyone else", he said.

"It's all bloody McDonalds and Coca Cola execs in VIP lanes, not the athletes", he added.


In a question and answer session with journalists, the candidate also attacked the Evening Standard for repeatedly mentioning his age in its coverage.

"The bloody Evening Standard never mentions me without '66' in brackets," he said.

"I'm doing what bloody Cameron and Osborne want - working longer."

He then joked that his doctor "almost orgasms" because he is so impressed with his health.

The Labour politician also reminisced about when all politicians were "bloody ugly" and warned that the mayoral system had encouraged the creation of a celebrity political culture where too much executive power was concentrated in one figure.

He admitted that he did enjoy the role, however, because "there is no Sir Humphrey there".

Asked about his tax arrangements, which have seen the candidate suffer weeks of negative headlines, he said: "If I don't win I will make more money than if I was mayor.

"I'm an honest and trustworthy individual."

He then mocked Boris Johnson as a TV celebrity who was not intended for politics.

"'Boris should let me be mayor and I'll support him as the permanent host of Have I Got News For You," he said.

"We can both do what we do best."

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