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pounds 1.50 fee to ring in for Boris; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: by ROSA PRINCE

GREEDY Tories are charging voters pounds 1.50 to nominate buffoon Boris Johnson as London mayor.

David Cameron's gaffeprone old Etonian ally is taking on Ken Livingstone in next May's poll.

MP Boris is tipped to beat three other shortlisted Tories in an open primary in which all Londoners are invited to vote.

But to get a ballot paper, they must ring a premium 0906 phoneline.

The company running it, iTouch, was fined pounds 30,000 by watchdog ICSTIS last month after being accused of cheating callers to the Channel 4 show Deal or no Deal.

The Tories yesterday denied profiteering, but admitted callers will "typically" pay between pounds 1 and pounds 1.50.

Meanwhile, bumbling Boris's campaign got off to a characteristically chaotic start - as the video player at his launch failed.

Current mayor Mr Livingstone remains hot favourite to be re-elected.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2007
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