The Times reports that Ken Livingstone has been awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds of legal costs in his succesful appeal against his 4 week suspension by the Standards Board for England's Adjudication Panel.
A judge said Mr Livingstone's gibe to Oliver Finegold, a reporter for the Evening Standard was "unnecessarily offensive" and "indefensible", and he should have apologised. But the Adjudication Panel for England was wrong when it ruled, in February, that the Mayor's outburst breached the Greater London Authority's code of conduct.
Today's ruling will come as a relief to Mr Livingstone, who had said that if he lost the case he could face bankruptcy, after spending around £250,000 contesting the panel decision. The judge ordered the Adjudication Panel for England to pay Mr Livingstone's costs, to be assessed at a later hearing if the two sides cannot agree on a figure.
Does this mean that Ken Livingstone will continue to insult all and sundry with impunity ?