Rivals criticise Ken Livingstone's 'propaganda' paper

Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs are calling for London mayor Ken Livingstone’s free newspaper, The Londoner, to be scrapped.

According to the Sunday Times, Livingstone’s rivals have described the freesheet – which is sent to millions of London homes – as “flagrant propaganda” and have even likened it to Pravda, the Soviet newspaper that was the official organ of the Communist party.

It’s not the first council-funded publication to come under fire. Just over the river from City Hall, Tower Hamlets council’s freesheet, East End Life, has been criticised by the area’s paid-for local newspaper, the East London Advertiser.

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