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Sunday, 24 February, 2002, 12:53 GMT
Sunday 17 February 2002 - London Mayor, Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone, London's mayor

Sunday 17th February on BBC One

Sir David Frost was joined this week by the London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, The Shadow Health Secretary Liam Fox, the new Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Philip Mawer and for a discussion of the Milosevic trial by the Yugoslav Ambassador Vladeta Jankovic and the former Foreign Office Diplomatic Dame Pauline Neville-Jones. The paper reviewers were the former spin doctor Charlie Whelan and the Associate Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Alice Thomson.

Ken Livingstone called for a "quantum leap" in police numbers in London and he laid the blame for the Metroplitan Police's difficulties at the door of the Government. The Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern urged Sinn Fein to sign up to Northern Ireland's new policing arrangements.

Following a week in which the number of confirmed cases of measles in the UK increased, the Shadow Health Secretary again called on the government to enable parents to have their children vaccinated on the NHS with separated injections of measles mumps and rubella rather than the combined MMR jab.

The new Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, Philip Mawer, indicated that he would be prepared to extend his role to investigate complaints of ministerial misconduct, such as the Romanian steelworks affair. He said: "My job is to enforce the Code of Conduct for MPs. Clearly a key issue at the moment is whether the ministerial system of regulation should be aligned with Parliamentary system of regulation... if Parliament and government decided that they wanted the Standards Commissioner to take on that additional responsibility, then obviously I would do it and do it well."

The Yugoslav Ambassador Vladeta Jankovic and the former Foreign Office Diplomatic Dame Pauline Neville-Jones discussed the international war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic wihich is underway at the moment, and they were aked if the West could have done more to prevent the war crimes.

This week's transcripts:

Ken Livingstone, London mayor

Ireland's prime minister, Bertie Ahern

Shadow health secretary, Liam Fox MP

New parliamentary standards commissioner, Philip Mawer

Former Foreign Office diplomat, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones and Yugoslav Ambassador, Vladeta Jankovic.


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