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Wednesday, 5 July, 2000, 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK
Livingstone cash on its way, says Evans

Chris Evans: He pledged the cash but paid up late
Broadcaster Chris Evans said he would pay up the 200,000 he pledged towards Ken Livingstone's London mayoral campaign - with nine days to go before the deadline.

The millionaire presenter promised to make the donation he announced in March before Mr Livingstone - now Mayor - has to submit his election accounts to public scrutiny.

On his Virgin Radio breakfast show on Wednesday morning, Mr Evans said: "My accountant, on the way to meeting me to play golf, is dropping the cheque off."

Mr Evans was fined 75,000 in May for breaching political impartiality by pledging live on air to back Mr Livingstone's mayoral bid.

The fine was the largest imposed by the Radio Authority.

Initially the DJ announced a 100,000 donation, but doubled the sum overnight after Mr Livingstone's Labour rival, Frank Dobson, made a joke about redheads.

Asked for his reaction to Mr Evans's support for Mr Livingstone, Mr Dobson had said: "I am somewhat relieved really, because my mum always told me to steer clear of redheads."

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