From the Press Association:
Former mayoral candidate Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, urged voters to cast their second preference for someone who had served London already. 'Brian Paddick is eminently qualified to be Mayor of London, as a Londoner by birth and upbringing, who has served this city with dedication for his whole career,' Mr Hughes said. 'Brian Paddick knows exactly what is needed to make our capital respectful, prosperous and safe. I shall enthusiastically give Brian Paddick my first vote and call on all Londoners to do the same. 'I hope all voters will use the same test to decide their second vote as well. 'Nobody who has not served London and worked for London in the past deserves to have the votes of Londoners or the top political job in London in the future.'"
Does that sounds like coded language to you? Just wondering.
[There's no link, cos I can't find one. But I'm quoting straight from the PA service to the Guardian ]