Eddie Izzard and Ken Livingstone head to Finsbury Park for fare protest

Comedian Eddie Izzard and mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone headed to Finsbury Park this morning (Wednesday) to protest at the latest transport fare increases.

Last week, London mayor Boris Johnson announced an eight per cent price hike for bus, tube and rail travel in the capital.

The pair were joined by Valerie Shawcross, London Assembly member, and Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, at the station as they launched their Unfair campaign - asking the mayor to reverse his decision to increase prices.

Mr Izzard said: “Money is tight for everyone at the moment, so it is the wrong time for big fare increases, especially two per cent above inflation. Since Boris has been mayor, the prices has gone up 56 per cent for a single fare.

“That is why I am backing Ken for mayor - he’s a bit of a maverick and I am a maverick myself. People forget all the work Ken, and other people, did to get the Olympics here next year. Boris gets a lot of the credit.”

Mr Izzard said he had fond memories of the area.

“It’s nice to be back here. I used to play at the Red Rose Comedy Club on Seven Sisters Road. About 11 years ago, I played there one night then played at Wembley the next night. I did the same set both times.”