Former London Mayor Will Advise Chávez

'Red Ken' seals urban planning deal nixed by his successor
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 6:08 AM CDT
Ken Livingstone, former mayor of London, has a new position: adviser to Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez.   (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi)
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(Newser) – Ken Livingstone, London's mayor from 2000 until his election defeat this May, has found a new job: consultant to Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez. "Red Ken," who has long been a supporter of the socialist president, will advise pro-government mayors on urban planning, reports the BBC. Last year Livingstone cut an oil deal with Chávez to provide cheap fuel to London's buses—an agreement phased out by his successor.