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Brian Paddick's Biography

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Brian Paddick was a 50-year-old former London Mayoral Candidate and Ex-Deputy Assistant Commissioner for London's Metropolitan Police Service, when he entered I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2008.

He was the sixth person to be voted off I'm A Celebrity. He estimated that he had lost a stone in weight in the jungle.

Brian Paddick was born in 24 April 1958 in south London, the son of a plastics salesman and a building society secretary.

Paddick gained a first from Oxford in politics, philosophy and economics, and an MBA from Warwick business school.

He went on to have approximately 30 years in the police, where he rose to become the most senior openly gay police officer in Britain when he was Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police.

Brian Paddick joined the Metropolitan Police in 1976 and retired in May 2007. Soon after his retirement from the police, he became the Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become Mayor of London, and he came third behind Labour's Ken Livingstone and the Conservatives' Boris Johnson.

During his stint as borough commander in Lambeth between 2001 and 2002, Brian Paddick famously pioneered a policing strategy that shifted the focus from cannabis offences to harder drugs and street crime. People caught with cannabis were warned informally rather than arrested.

Brian Paddick was married to a woman for five years in the 1980s. In 2008 he revealed that:

"I've fallen in love with this gorgeous Norwegian guy [Petter Belsvik] and we're going to get married in January [2009]."

On 1 August 2013, it was revealed that Brian Paddick was to become a peer.

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