If Livingstone’s going to claw back some of the lost ground, he could do without headlines like that plastered across the Standard’s front page – “Ken’s adviser is linked to terror group”. Sure enough, it turns out that Dabinderjit Singh – whom Ken has just appointed to the board of Transport for London – is a former member of the International Sikh Youth Federation. That’s a group the Home Office have described as “a threat to national security”.
On the back of last week’s revelation that one of Ken’s supporters would be prepared to be a suicide bomber, this latest news puts even bigger question marks over the current Mayor’s inner circle. If he expects to lord it over London for another 4 years, Ken needs to provide answers – and quick.