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Tessa’s tardy time keeping invites a bashing for Boris

PUBLISHED: 15:38 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 25 August 2010

READY AND WAITING: Clive Efford,MP with Tessa Jowell.

READY AND WAITING: Clive Efford,MP with Tessa Jowell.

GETTING things done on time should really be a top priority for an Olympics minister.

GETTING things done on time should really be a top priority for an Olympics minister. But when Tessa Jowell pitched up for a guided tour of the Eltham Centre last week, she managed to keep Labour cronies and council staff waiting over an hour.

Still, all was not lost while waiting for the woman who asked her Labour colleagues not to call Boris Johnson 'Boris'.

It gave Eltham MP Clive Efford and brief and ever welcome opportunity to berate mayoral hopeful Mr Johnson.

When asked if Mr Efford (not Clive) calls Boris, Boris, he ranted: "I have called him worse than that."

Mr Efford was particularly critical of the Tory candidate's past racist-sounding comments such as about black people with water melon smiles.

But what a surprise, he was much more forgiving of his chum Ken Livingstone, who, incidentally, is allowed to be called by his first name. I wouldn't call Ken a saint by any means but I would call him a seasoned politician and I would call Boris Johnson a media creation," he reasoned.

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