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