Margaret Hodge "should stand down" says Livingstone
Mayor Ken Livingstone says that Margaret Hodge should stand down over her comments about housing.
The Barking MP said that British residents should get priority in council house allocation.
But speaking on BBC London 94.9's Drivetime show, Mr Livingstone said that to suggest that migrants are jumping the housing queue is "offensive" and branded it "a lie".
He said that in Barking & Dagenham “about 1300 people were re-housed in the [last] year. All but 25 were well established living in the borough.
All but 3 of those 25 had lived in the borough until they had to move out because they couldn't get housing”
The mayor accused Hodge of "magnifying the propaganda of the British National Party (BNP).
He said “if I was a local party member I'd be saying ‘you should stand down and we should run someone we're not ashamed of’ ”.
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last updated: 28/12/2007 at 12:28