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Green Party leader cancels south London visit after losing voice

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has had to pull out of her party's housing policy campaign launch after losing her voice.

Ms Bennett - who had been due to set out her party's plans to control rents during a visit to a south London housing estate - was said to be "resting" ahead of her battle bus launch tomorrow.

Earlier she dismissed suggestions that Labour had stole their thunder, dismissing their proposals as a "watered down" version of what the Greens are offering.

Natalie Bennett Credit: PA

We need to move away from thinking of homes primarily as financial assets and go back to thinking they are safe places for people to live.

– Natalie Bennett

My sex appeal will not win election for Tories, says Johnson

Boris Johnson, speaking in North West London this morning Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Boris Johnson has insisted his sex appeal will not prove pivotal in swinging the election in the Tories' favour.

Speaking to party supporters and workers at Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage in Stanmore, north west London, he was told that a survey had found he was the politician most married women would like a fling with - and asked if he would use this tactic to woo voters.

To laughter among the audience, he replied: "I don't think it's going to be the fulcrum on which this election is going to turn."


Ken Livingstone stands by disgraced Tower Hamlets Mayor

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone says if Lutfur Rahman has broken the law, he should be arrested Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, a long-time supporter of Lutfur Rahman has criticised the Election Commissioner's decision to throw the Tower Hamlets Mayor out of office.

Speaking to LBC radio Mr Livingstone said, "If he broke a law why haven't the police arrested and charged him?"

Of the Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey he commented, "[He is an] unelected bureaucrat overturning the result of an election. I think this is very, very worrying.

"If he's done something wrong have him arrested. Put him on trial. I hope Lutfur will appeal because in all my dealings with him I've never seen anything dodgy."

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