It’s no coincidence that the prime minister took time out to attack Ken Livingstone not once but twice at PMQs.
It took place on the same day that Alice Thomson in The Times (£) reported that after a meeting with Boris Johnson and Lynton Crosby, No 10 found the incumbent mayor’s campaign ‘underwhelming’ and short of a simple ‘retail offer’ for voters.
Cameron has clearly decided that if Boris Johnson’s campaign can’t do it, he will try.
They are rattled. As Alice Thomson reports, ‘internal Tory polling confirms that voters can’t see what Boris has done’. The contrast with a Labour candidate who will cut the fares and restore police numbers, could not be more stark. Ken's Fare Deal has set a clear agenda.
Our response to Cameron is simple, in video form - see below. It highlights the scandal of rising fares under a part-time mayor. The Mayor's description of his second job as 'chicken-feed' shows how out of touch he is. We've summarised that case at www.chickenfeed.org.uk
There is no getting around it – voters want a mayor who’ll put them first. That person is Ken.
Simon Fletcher is chief of staff for the Ken Livingstone for London campaign