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Boris leads, as another Livingstone associate comes under question

Boris leads, as another Livingstone associate comes under question
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The latest Evening Standard / YouGov poll is in, and it records another encouraging lead for Boris. The results in full – Boris is on 44 percent (down 1 from last week); Livingstone’s on 33 percent (down 2); and Paddick’s on 12 percent (up 2). When second preferences are allocated, Boris snares 53 percent to Ken’s 47 percent. It should be remembered, though, that other polls – including one in yesterday’s Sunday Times – have things much closer.

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.