FORMER London mayor Ken Livingstone has Alzheimer’s disease, his family have announced.
One-time Labour left figurehead “Red Ken”, 78, “will no longer be available for any media interviews”, his spokesman said.
He added: “Ken’s well cared for by family and friends.”
Livingstone was a prominent figure in the capital for more than 40 years.
He introduced the congestion charge, ultra-cheap bus and Tube fares, and bendy buses.
The former MP was a thorn in the side of Margaret Thatcher’s Tories and New Labour under Sir Tony Blair.
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He was London’s first mayor in 2000 and served two terms, losing out to Boris Johnson in 2008.
He quit the Labour Party in 2018, embroiled in anti-Semitism allegations.
The Alzheimer’s Society said: “We’re grateful to Ken’s family for being open about his diagnosis.”
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