Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Inside City Hall

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Inside City Hall

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Row of the week

Angela Hooper v Ken Livingstone

THE Mayor continues to run into trouble with his stewardship of Trafalgar Square - in the shape of his Tory adversaries at Westminster council, who retain power over the square's planning and licensing. Planning chairman Angela Hooper blocked Ken's plans for a Mandela statue. Now she fears that tomorrow's Russian Winter Festival could lead to drunken revellers urinating across the West End (which happened last year) and excessive noise from live music. Clearly unimpressed with assurances from Ken's brief that the 75-decibel maximum would be akin to a "flushing toilet", she granted the festival a drinks licence - but ordered a full report on the outcome.

Score: Hooper 2, Livingstone 2

London Whispers

JOHN PRESCOTT is unhappy at being portrayed as the fall guy after blocking Ken Livingstone's plans for a Nelson Mandela statue in Trafalgar Square. The Deputy PM has made clear he supports the principle of the statue in the square, just not Ken's favoured location on the North Terrace, and is urging the Mayor to compromise. …

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