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Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Ken Livingstone to be a father
Ken Livingstone
Livingstone: Keeping mum about first child
London Mayor Ken Livingstone is to become a father for the first time at the age of 56.

Emma Beal, 34, his girlfriend and office manager, became pregnant during a romantic break in Australia.

But the colourful former Brent East MP was keeping mum about the forthcoming event.

David Jason
Actor David Jason became a dad at 61
His spokesman told BBC News Online: "We do not comment on the mayor's private life at all."

Mr Livingstone started dating Ms Beal after he broke up last November with Amnesty International's UK Director Kate Allen, 45, his partner of 20 years.

They had already spent several months apart by the time of the break up and said they remained "good friends".

Party favourite

Newt-loving "Red Ken" divorced teacher Christine Chapman in 1982, following a nine-year marriage.

The mayor made no mention of the alleged imminent arrival when he was a guest on BBC's Have I Got News For You quiz show.

Mr Livingstone was suspended from the Labour Party in March 2000, after he decided to stand for the post of mayor against its favoured candidate Frank Dobson.

Polls had demonstrated Mr Livingstone was the clear choice of party members and unionists, although he failed to get the crucial backing of London Labour MPs.

Earlier this year, Mr Livingstone, who had been a member of the Labour Party for 31 years, asked to be allowed back into the fold.


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