Half-expecting to see 'Kick Ken/Sign-up Sugar' banners on the walls, what I actually saw was an earnest, if uneventful discussion about where Labour went wrong last May and what it needs to do in 2012.
About 20 minutes in, the back door opened and in wafted the Gilligan himself, complete with trademark smirk and blazer.
Here's his oh-so balanced write-up of proceedings:
"Hence, over the past couple of weeks, the launch of a highly significant development in London Labour politics - an embryonic "Stop Ken" campaign. Last night, in a Westminster committee room, several of the key members gathered. Mr Livingstone's own campaign manager, Tessa Jowell, said: "When the people of London chose who to vote for, they did so for a reason. It is us, not the voters, who need to change.""Steve Reed, Labour leader of Lambeth council, said: "If we'd concentrated on crime [during the campaign] instead of climate change, talked about the things that really matter to voters, we could and should have a Labour mayor of London now." Nick Raynsford, MP for Greenwich, wasn't there last night but also believes Livingstone's defeat was "self-inflicted". Ken's supporters often like to see any attack on him as an attack on the Labour Party itself, but these people are not leader-writers for the Daily Mail. They are Labour."
Now it probably won't surprise you to hear that Gilligan managed to omit all of the speakers (including Jowell) who said that nobody could have bucked the national trend any more than Ken.
Nor will it surprise you to hear that this supposed Stop Ken campaign meeting actually included Livingstone's former Deputy Mayor and Deputy Chief of Staff (clue: it wasn't a Stop Ken campaign meeting.)
And of course absolutely nobody will be surprised to learn that Gilligan was then given license to write yet another meandering comment piece about Ken Livingstone.
But then there has long been some puzzlement in media circles about that.
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