The Mayor of London lodged an appeal at the High Court today against being suspended for a month for likening a Jewish reporter to a Nazi.
Ken Livingstone was judged on Friday to have brought his office into disrepute over the exchange. The suspension is due to start on Wednesday.
Arriving to lodge the papers at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Tony Child, Mr Livingstone’ solicitor, said it was hoped that a judge would grant an emergency injunction to “stay” his suspension until the challenge is heard.
Mr Child said: “We are lodging an appeal against the decision of the case tribunal that the mayor breached paragraph four of the Greater London Authority’s code of conduct, and also against the finding that one month’s suspension from office was an appropriate sanction.”