LABOUR'S Greater London Assembly (GLA) candidate in Ealing and Hillingdon has accused his rival of being "threatened" by Ken Livingstone.

Councillor Ranjit Dheer made the attack following Tory claims that Ken Livingstone has been to Cuba more times than Hillingdon since he became Mayor of London.

Cllr Dheer, the GLA candidate for the Ealing and Hillingdon seat, said: "I think the Tory candidate Richard Barnes has never invited him here.

"If you look at what Mr Livingstone has done while he has been mayor you see he has invested £2.5m in a new youth centre and spent money to encourage business in the area.

"Richard Barnes has never invited him because he is the leader of the Conservatives on the GLA and feels threatened by Ken Livingstone."

He also rubbished the chances of Tory mayoral candidate Boris Johnson, labelling him a "comedian".

Cllr Dheer continued: "I really can't see Boris Johnson getting elected. If you look at today's polls you can see Ken is a couple of points ahead.

"As the election date comes near people will ask themselves wheteher they are electing a mayor for London, or a comedian, and Boris does not fit the bill."