Mayor’s aide falls on his sword
The London mayor’s senior aide Jasper, at the centre of LDA grant furore, has resigned
London mayor Ken Livingstone’s race adviser, Lee Jasper, resigned yesterday –
a day before he was to give evidence to the
London Assembly over the
misuse of London Development Agency Dgrants – blaming the ‘racist nature of a
relentless media campaign’ for his decision.
A Greater London Authority statement has paid tribute to Jasper’s work,
saying there was no foundation for the allegations against him,
‘It has become clear that a number of matters which are not of first
importance in London are being used to distract from the crucial questions in
the election campaign,’ Jasper said in a letter to the mayor.
‘The racist nature of a relentless media campaign and the consequent effects
on myself and family have placed an intolerable strain on all of us. I have
decided to put a stop to this by tendering my resignation.’