Much excitement around, over Andrew Gilligan's story about Boris's payments to the Muslim Safety Forum.
According to Gilligan the Mayor was:
'very concerned to discover that taxpayers' money has gone to this organisation'
and Conservative Home are:
"[reassured] to know that this does not appear to be something for which Boris can be held responsible"
Meanwhile Boris told BBC London that:
"we stopped that programme as soon as we got in..."
Before adding that:
"It's now over for that particular Livingstone bung."
Which is of course all very reassuring. Except what's this from Boris's monthly report last July?
But then maybe Boris had forgotten about that. And besides, a commitment is still a commitment. Perhaps Barnes was only there to say goodbye?
The Muslim Safety Forum (MSF) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 2nd of July 2008 at the Islamic Cultural Centre. The first session saw keynote speeches by the Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes and the founder of Islamic Relief Dr Hany El-Banna.
Keynote? That doesn't sound quite right. A valedictory speech perhaps?
"The Deputy Mayor mentioned the importance of MSF and expressed his support for the work being performed by the organisation. He highlighted how the diversity, spirit and unity of our city can be captured with the words – “we are one London”."
And so we are. One London. One Mayor. One spin.