He stopped off at Hackney Central during a campaign journey along the North London Line today. I cornered him opposite the old town hall.
A Dutch journalist who was one of many trailing after him, told me his reception in Hackney was the warmest he'd received on the itinerary so far. He certainly seemed at ease. I'd nipped down to see him in the middle of writing a piece for the Guardian about Livingstone, Boris Johnson and community relations. It's now gone live, so have a read.
"Barratt has started work on one of London’s key strategic regeneration schemes, the £160m transformation of Dalston, Hackney. The project will provide over 550 new homes, shops, a library and archive, plus a brand new station for the East London line extension at Dalston Junction. At the heart of the scheme will be Dalston Square, a major new town centre space around which the new homes, shops and restaurants will be built in a range of striking modern buildings."