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Boris Johnson attacks 'tax dodging' rival

London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on his rival Ken livingstone Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Boris Johnson launched his mayoral re-election campaign with a colourful attack on his "tax dodging" opponent Ken Livingstone.

The Mayor of London accused his predecessor of being a "hypocrite" as well as a "glove puppet" for trade unions.

Mr Johnson, addressing a Conservative Party spring forum, said: "I see a risk that City Hall will be recaptured by a bunch of semi-reformed Trotskyist, car-hating, (Venezuelan President) Hugo Chavez idolising, newt fancying, tax dodging, bank bashing hypocrites and bendy bus fetishists."