Ken Livingstone says Boris Johnson is a ‘pickpocket’ on fare rises

08:37 11 January 2012

Ken Livingstone has accused mayoral rival Boris Johnson of being a pickpocket when it comes to public transport fares

Ken Livingstone has accused mayoral rival Boris Johnson of being a pickpocket when it comes to public transport fares

Archant

In case you don’t recognise the floppy-haired silhouette on this poster, it’s meant to be London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The reason he’s pictured like this is because his mayoral rival Ken Livingstone is accusing him of being a “public transport pickpocket”.

Labour’s candidate for City Hall insists he is making “a serious point in an eye-catching way”.

A spokesperson for Mr Livingstone said: “He is making your pockets and purses lighter through rocketing fares.

“His decision to force Londoners to pay sky-high fares is putting huge pressure on millions of people who are already feeling squeezed by the rising cost of living in the capital.

“Last week’s fare increases were completely unnecessary whilst TfL builds up hundreds of millions of surplus funds which are currently sitting unused in the bank.

“Yet rather than give some money back through a fare cut, Boris Johnson continues to pick the pockets and purses of Londoners.”

Mr Livingstone has pledged to cut fares if he is elected in May, a claim Mr Johnson says would lead to a reduction in services.

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The spooky season trumped New Year’s Eve, Christmas and even Valentine’s Day at impromptu flings – and supposedly it’s all down to the costume.

Read more

James Corden and his wife Julia have welcomed a baby girl called Carey, after Julia’s maiden name.

Read more

Taylor Swift has revealed why she has so many high-achieving friends.

Read more

Promotions

BT Home Smart Cam

When I was first told by my boss that I would be doing a review on the BT Smart Cam 100 I didn’t quite know what to expect. Before even looking at the product I was picturing it as nothing more than a web cam with a fancy name.

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

“Without education, there will never be peace”.

AeroMobil has unveiled the fourth generation of its flying car in Slovakia.

The Bajan star arrived at the amfAR Gala Awards in a risque gown leaving very little to the imagination…

The finding comes in a Government report but No 10 insist there’s no chance that calls for decriminalisation will be entertained.

TOP Stories

08:50
The flood in Malpas Road, Brockley (Pic Benjamin Groucott)

A south-east London road was flooded this morning after a water main burst overnight.

10:47
The pumpkins will look incredible when lit (Pic: Alice Walker)

More than 3,000 candle-lit pumpkins will line the Canalside Steps in Granary Square, Kings Cross from today for Halloween.

08:04
The Flybe pilot was arrested for being over the drink-drive limit (Flybe)

A Flybe pilot was taken off a London-bound plane on suspicion of being over the drink-drive limit and arrested.

London Bloggers

10:07
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit: