03 December 2019 00:33
ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone was told he should "know better" when he got his foot caught in a closing Tube door. Mr Livingstone, a former Labour MP, was filmed arguing with a Transport for London (TfL) worker while his foot was stuck inside the carriage and the rest of him remained on a station platform. In the footage, the TfL employee appears to try to help get Mr Livingstone unstuck but the former politician accuses him of "trying to push me over". Mr Livingstone, clad in jeans, a khaki jacket and a scarf, is heard saying: "Now open and let me get on." After being told the door is open, he adds: "Let me get on." The worker then responds: "Ken Livingstone - you should know better than this, What are you doing?" Mr Livingstone said the incident took place on Monday morning at Willesden Green Underground Station, a Jubilee Line station.
He told the Standard: "I was looking to get on the Tube and my foot got caught as the doors closed on it. "What was odd is normally when that happens the driver would open the door - but that didn't happen. I just thought it was bizarre. "Eventually the driver opened the door and I was able to get on and that was it." Mr Livingstone said he was not deliberately trying to hold the train and getting caught was accidental. "I just thought it was bizarre, everybody rushes for the Tube," he said.
Mr Livingstone said he was not injured or hurt in the incident. A TfL spokesperson said: "We encourage all of our customers to stand clear of the doors for their own safety and to help us run a reliable service." Former London mayor Ken Livingstone was involved in an extraordinary bust-up with Tube staff this morning after getting his foot stuck in a train door. Mr Livingstone, whose former role saw him in charge of the London Underground, held up a service for two minutes at Willesden Green in north-west London. In video footage posted online, he accused a TfL worker of trying to push him over and demanded he 'open (the door) and let me get on'. In reply the harassed man tells him: 'Ken Livingstone, you should know better than this.' Mr Livingstone on a tube train in 2008 when he was London mayor In footage posted by commuters online he can be seen from inside and outside the train. One said that the door was 'blatantly closing' when the former mayor 'purposely stuck his foot in' and complained that the situation made him late for work. Mr Livingstone was mayor of London from 2000 to 2008. The 74-year-old quit the Labour Party last year after being accused of anti-Semitism. He insisted to MailOnline today that he had not been trying to deliberately get his foot in the closing door in order to board a train that was leaving. He said: 'Why would I deliberately - a 74-year-old man with arthritis in his knees - want to have his foot trapped in the door? 'It happens. You often get caught by the doors closing on you. But I have never in all my life using the Tube not known the driver to immediately open the door.'