That day, Livingstone publicly proclaimed his support for those prisoners on hunger strike, claiming that the British government's fight against the IRA was not "some sort of campaign against terrorism " but was "the last colonial war. He also permitted Irish republican protesters to hold a vigil on the steps of County Hall throughout the wedding celebrations, both actions that enraged the press. In just a few months since he appeared on the national scene, he has quickly become a joke. A subsequent vote at the council meeting revealed that 52 local Labour members would have voted for Livingstone, with only 2 for Freeson and 3 abstentions. They proclaimed that the Fares Fair policy was illegal because the GLC was expressly forbidden from choosing to run London Transport at a deficit, even if this was in the perceived interest of Londoners. We had honoured our pledge that pensioners should travel free on London Transport buses. When the time came to choose who would lead London Labour in that election, Livingstone put his name down, but was challenged by the moderate Andrew McIntosh ; in the April vote, McIntosh beat Livingstone by 14 votes to Like most Board members, Livingstone opposed cinematic censorship, a view he changed with the increasing availability of violent pornography. For Mr Livingstone steps forward as the defender and the apologist of the criminal, murderous activities of the IRA. We were pushing ahead with our schemes. Standing as Labour candidate for Hampstead, Livingstone was defeated by the incumbent Conservative, Geoffrey Finsberg. Moving into a small flat at Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale with his pet reptiles and amphibians, he divorced in October and began a relationship with Kate Allen , chair of Camden Council Women's Committee. But no one can laugh at him any more. Nevertheless, in the United Kingdom general election, , Freeson went on to win the Brent East constituency for Labour. I would spend hours carefully explaining our policies only to open the paper the next morning and see instead a smear about my sex-life, alleged personality defects or some completely fabricated account of a meeting or a split that never actually happened. He related that he became "an argumentative cocky little brat" at home, bringing up topics at the dinner table to enrage his father.