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19/12/02
New Baby for Ken; New Tax for London
- Son of Ken arrives in time for budget hikes

LONDON Mayor Ken Livingstone is a new dad after his partner Emma Beal gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday.

Son of Ken tipped the scales at 6lb 8oz and has been named Thomas. "We are delighted and would like to thank the nurses, midwife and hospital staff who were fantastic," said Livingstone in a statement about the care received at University College Hospital.

The Mayor plans to be away from his desk for two weeks to help Emma look after Thomas, but will work via the phone.

One of his first tasks, in between changing a nappy or two, will be to announce the new budget for London, which insiders expect will include a hefty hike in council tax bills, perhaps by an average of UKP50 per household per annum. The money raised from the tax rise is expected to go on extra police and more buses.




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