Brian Pad­dick

The May­oral can­di­date talks to Han­nah Nathanson about dance mu­sic and Boris John­son’s mean tricks

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How are you bear­ing up work­ing on the May­oral cam­paign? I haven’t had a day off in three weeks, so I’m feel­ing a lit­tle jaded, but I’m off to­mor­row. How will you spend it? Eat­ing steak, chips and peas in Sut­ton with my mum, and I’ll go to the gym. Are you build­ing up a six pack? I have an am­bi­tion to make my chest look big­ger than my stom­ach, but I’m los­ing the bat­tle at the mo­ment. Do you think about work on the tread­mill? No, I lis­ten to a dance mix from a well-known London gay club. The com­bi­na­tion of dance mu­sic and aer­o­bic ex­er­cise gets the en­dor­phins go­ing. Do you ever get caught up in po­lit­i­cal de­bate in the chang­ing rooms? Peo­ple come up to me a lot but there’s got to be some es­cape. I want to make a T-shirt say­ing, ‘ Pol­i­tics? Not in the gym.’ What would be the sound­track to your cam­paign? ‘ Turn Me On’ by David Guetta fea­tur­ing Nicki Mi­naj. You’re com­mit­ted to green is­sues, what’s the green­est thing you do? I’ve moved into a great flat in Lam­beth with an ex­haust gas heat pump that uses the flat’s warm air to heat the water. Your civil part­ner Pet­ter Belsvick lives in Oslo, do you pre­fer its pace of life? It’s so re­lax­ing that it drives me round the bend. I can never wait to get home. Is pol­i­tics in­ter­fer­ing with your re­la­tion­ship? No. Pet­ter is very sup­port­ive; the last time I ran for Mayor he took two months off to be with me. Ev­ery­one calls Ken and Boris by their first names, do peo­ple call you Brian? Peo­ple used to call me Mr Pad­dick, but af­ter a par­tic­u­lar TV pro­gramme [ I’m A Celebrity...], peo­ple started call­ing me Brian. Do you think that Boris’s Twit­ter hi­jack [switch­ing his Mayor of London ac­count to his per­sonal ac­count] was foul play? Ab­so­lutely. To switch ac­counts is a bit of a mean trick. Are you look­ing for­ward to the Olympics? Sort of. I ap­plied for tick­ets and didn’t get any, so I won’t be get­ting very close to it, un­less I be­come Mayor. In which case, hope­fully it won’t be as cringe­wor­thy as when Boris took the flag in Bei­jing. How would you do things dif­fer­ently? I’d be my­self, which I think would prob­a­bly do it. bri­an­pad­dick.com

‘I WANT TO MAKE A T-SHIRT SAY­ING, “POL­I­TICS?

NOT IN THE GYM” ’

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