Work as usual for former London mayor on wedding day
By Tracy McVeigh
|Emma Beal and Ken Livingstone at London Zoo where their wedding ceremony was held at the Mappin Pavilion. Photograph: Ian West/PA|
Not many people go to work on their wedding day, but Ken Livingstone was never going to be a traditional groom.
The former London mayor married his long-time partner Emma Beal at London Zoo yesterday afternoon, but worked in the morning, hosting his radio show at London's LBC.
He told listeners: "There isn't much of a role for the groom in the morning. You just get out the way.
"If I'd stayed at home, I'd be offering unhelpful advice and winding everybody up, so I just thought I'd come in to work then off to the wedding afterwards."
The couple married near the zoo's Reptile House, but Livingstone said the venue was chosen to entertain younger guests rather than because of his well-publicised love of newts.
Livingstone, 64, has five children, including two with Beal.
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