Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone diagnosed with Alzheimers disease
Ken Livingstone, the former Labour MP and mayor of London, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, his family has announced.
The 78-year-old is being well cared for by his family and friends as he lives a private life in retirement, they said in a statement to the PA news agency.
It said: In response to media enquiries, the Livingstone family today announce that Ken Livingstone, ex-MP for Brent and former mayor of London, has been diagnosed with and is living with Alzheimers disease.
Although a previously prominent public figure, Ken is now retired and lives a private life. He will no longer be available for any media interviews or requests and we will not be responding to any media questions or enquiries.
Ken is being well cared for by his family and friends and we ask you for your understanding and to respect his privacy and that of his family.
There are 944,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in the UK, according to Alzheimers Research UK, and the diagnosis rate in England was 62% in 2022.