Livingstone refuses to appear before audit panel

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has
refused to appear before the Forensic Audit Panel chaired by former Sunday
Telegraph editor-Patience Wheatcroft which is investigating allegations of
misspending during his tenure.

The former mayor replied to the invitation that, although he was happy to
work with any ‘genuinely independent body’, he considered Wheatcroft’s audit
panel neither objective nor independent, The Evening Standard reports.

Livingstone also said in his reply that there was a conflict of interest with
the panel’s fifth member Andrew Gordon, a partner at accountancy firm
PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been awarded work by the panel.

In the panel’s interim report, released last month, Wheatcroft said there had
been a culture where spending was encouraged and political interference common.
Her full report is expected to be released today.

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The Evening Standard story

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