Gilligan defends Livingstone campaign

Evening Standard reporter Andrew Gilligan has defended his campaign against London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Interviewed in the Guardian, Gilligan argued that he was not working to get Tory mayoral candidate Boris Johnson elected, but to get Livingstone “unelected”. He stated that his relationship with Johnson was “not that close” and that he never had a “non-professional relationship” with Johnson.

Gilligan also claimed to have written a “Truth Check” article, which scrutinising the candidate’s words for lies, about Johnson as he had done for Livingstone but could not explain why it hadn’t been published in the Evening Standard.

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