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Did the right person win London's mayoral nomination?

11:56 UK time, Friday, 24 September 2010

Ken Livingstone has defeated former MP Oona King to win Labour's nomination for the 2012 London mayoral election. Is the nomination a good choice for Labour?

Mr Livingstone served two terms as London mayor between 2000 and 2008, polled 68.8% of the total votes.

He will run against Conservative incumbent Boris Johnson. Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik has said he hopes to win his party's nomination.

Mr Livingstone has said his top priority as mayor would be holding down public transport fares.

Does Livingstone's nomination signify a re-run of the 2008 mayoral election? Is his nomination a come-back to the political scene? Is his pledge to hold down fares a good one? What other areas should be a priority for the London mayor?

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    London needs Ken Livingstone like we need a hole in the head.

  • Comment number 2.

    Oh dear. It is a little sad they could not come up with anyone better than Ken. But when you look at the compatition from within the Labour party he was the only choice.

    I don't think he will/should win but who knows.

  • Comment number 3.

    Just watch the wingnuts heads explode and spin this thread out to a couple of thousand posts.

  • Comment number 4.

    Fortunately I live just outside London so am not directly affected by looney Ken's politics, but if the voters of London allow him back in again, all I can say is they deserve him for their stupidity

  • Comment number 5.

    For me, Ken represents everything grey, dirty and un-aspirational about London of 30 years ago.

  • Comment number 6.

    As someone who does not live in London, I really couldn'd give a monkey's... Not that the BBc is London-centric or anything......

  • Comment number 7.

    "He said: "When we defeat Boris we will have played a part in rebuilding the Labour Party after the general election."

    The mayor should be there to work for London, not rebuild a political party

  • Comment number 8.

    I live in Birmingham and I demand the chance to vote for my choice of Comedy Mayor.

    London gets all the best political satire...

  • Comment number 9.

    Irrelevant. He'll lose anyway.

  • Comment number 10.

    Ken Livingstone? Don't make me laugh. Do you think he will start up the GLC newpaper about himself again? Or will there be futher allegations of inappropriate drinking? Ever wonder why Ken Livingstone keeps reptiles?

  • Comment number 11.

    Unfortunately, no. I really liked Ken, but I think his time has been and gone. They should have found much stronger candidates.

    Right now it looks as though too many Londoners think that Boris, with his 25% public transport fare hike, is still a good thing. Or maybe Lembit Opik. After all, he's a good laugh, and that seems to be the only quality needed to get elected nowadays.

  • Comment number 12.

    Yes, Labour has choosen the right candidate..... Simply means there won't be a Labour mayor for a few years, excellent!

  • Comment number 13.

    I am pleased that Ken will be taking on boris.

    Ken is a working class hero. Whereas boris is a tory toff who is only interested in helping his friends in Kensington and Chelsea (take the decesion to scrap the extension of the congestion charging zone) or the tory bankers.

  • Comment number 14.

    London? No, never heard of it.

  • Comment number 15.

    How much did the PPP lose again? Somewhere between £170 to £410 million according to house of parliament documents published on-line.

    London is already in a finance hole and the last thing we need it to hand over the reigns to the guy with the shovel and a grin on his face.

  • Comment number 16.

    If Ken Livingstone is the best the labour movement can come up with, things must be pretty dire. Still, we shall have a few classic gaffes to look forward to in the run-up to the election, so every cloud...

  • Comment number 17.

    "Did the right person win London's mayoral nomination?"


    If anyone wants Boris Johnson to have another term in office for the next 4 years then Ken is the perfect candidate to ensure that this is eexactly what happens.

  • Comment number 18.

    Well, Oona would not have stood a chance, may be a happy enthusiastic woman, but could she deliver? What is her track record? This will give Ken a chance to try and rip the chip off his shoulder, but God help us if he wins. Ken needs to be reminded that the problem with socialism is that sooner or later they will run out of other people's money. I for one, am fed up with being ripped off for Labour politician's career ambitions. Boris is at least seems competent and at least he does not whine on about what a mess Ken left behind.

  • Comment number 19.

    Give Caesar (i.e. Ken) what belongs to Caesar (i.e. London). Boris is a joke.

  • Comment number 20.

    No!! Anything but that.

    He is one who definitely believes specialist techinal knowledge and ability will simply somehow magically materialise into his brain as a result of being elected. It will not. And he never learns.

    Lets hope my cat can get elected before Ken L.

  • Comment number 21.

    I do not care, does not affect me.

  • Comment number 22.

    11. At 12:31pm on 24 Sep 2010, RedandYellowandGreennotBlue wrote:

    Right now it looks as though too many Londoners think that Boris, with his 25% public transport fare hike, is still a good thing. Or maybe Lembit Opik. After all, he's a good laugh, and that seems to be the only quality needed to get elected nowadays.

    ////
    Sadly I think you are absolutely right. Since Boris was elected, I think everyone is in with a chance. Ken WAS London in my opinion, and is the only serious candiate for the post.

  • Comment number 23.

    OMG! Lembit Opik, Boris Johnson and Red Ken! What is this? A contest for head Buffoon or perhaps just another reality tv show!

  • Comment number 24.

    Anyone but Red Ken! Except Oona King!

    They are both dinosaurs!

  • Comment number 25.

    15. At 12:49pm on 24 Sep 2010, Sensibly Reckless wrote:
    How much did the PPP lose again? Somewhere between £170 to £410 million according to house of parliament documents published on-line.

    London is already in a finance hole and the last thing we need it to hand over the reigns to the guy with the shovel and a grin on his face.

    =========================================================================
    Although I agree with the second part, PPP was down to an interfering Labour Chancellor who shouldn't have had any say in a local matter and not Livingstone who actually wanted a bond scheme to finance the work. That might have worked better because it wouldn't have created these nonsensical consortiums vying for PPP contracts.

  • Comment number 26.

    Disturbingly both Ken and Boris were once seriously considered by their respective parties as potential PM material. Best for everyone if those two fight it out to see whose the biggest frog in the waterhole.

  • Comment number 27.

    It doesnt matter who gets in, people like the potato heads on here will moan anyway. You could elect the best person in the world and people wont be happy. What is it with you buffoons?

  • Comment number 28.

    "Did the right person win London's mayoral nomination?"

    No, - an odious little man with odious political views.

    Labour looking back to it's inglorious past again instead of choosing a candidate for the future.

    Not that Oona King would have been much better in that respect.

    They really should have been able to do better than this.

  • Comment number 29.

    I have a lot of time for Ken... he is something of a London phenomenon, and one that you write off at your peril... but even by his standards this would be something of a remarkable come-back, and not one I'm entirely sure he will pull off, despite what is obviously an excellent opportunity for Londoners to rid ourselves of Boris.

  • Comment number 30.

    And reading some of the comments here... Yeah I agree, let's not report anything about London, forget it, it doesn't matter... it is only the capital city of the country, by far and away the largest urban area, making up one sixth of the entire United Kingdom... nah don't worry... not that the BBC is northern-centric...

  • Comment number 31.

    Yaaay! Bring Ken back. Free public transport. Free events.
    Goodbye to barmy "Lets have an airport in the estuary" Boris.

  • Comment number 32.

    Ken Livingstone should stick to his gardening and keeping and breeding newts.

  • Comment number 33.

    My choice for Mayor would be Konnie Huq-Brooker but anyone would be better than Boris.

  • Comment number 34.

    This is a bit of a daft question really.
    London Labour membership has voted fairly emphatically in his favour, so it's a done deal.The results of asking this question on HYS are fairly predictable.It might be a good topic for some people to vent their spleen
    or trumpet their hero but nothing much else.Hope you all have fun.

  • Comment number 35.

    Any one would be an improvement on the pantomime horse currently in residence at city hall!

    Ken Livingstone, like him or not, has always displayed a devotion to public service in London which is admirable. He would be 1000% better than the current elected clown as mayor.

  • Comment number 36.

    "Did the right person win London's mayoral nomination?"

    No, - an odious little man with odious political views.

    Labour looking back to it's inglorious past again instead of choosing a candidate for the future.

    Not that Oona King would have been much better in that respect.

    They really should have been able to do better than this.

    -----
    He is around 6ft Tall so odious reasonably tall man if you please.
    As it is entirely evident from your post that you don't intend to support Labour I wonder why you felt the need to regale us with your personal insults?

  • Comment number 37.

    We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs.

  • Comment number 38.

    As someone who does not live in London, I really couldn'd give a monkey's... Not that the BBc is London-centric or anything
    ---------


    Maybe it's because London has 20% of the Population of England,35% of the GDP and the Second most important elected office in the country, no of course that can't be the reason!

    BBC why aren't you covering the election of the Dog catcher in Dibbly in the same level of detail!

  • Comment number 39.

    Ken won when he stood as an independent after he was kicked out of the Labour Party. He is likely to lose with their support.

  • Comment number 40.

    I’m afraid Oona’s politics made her unelectable. She is strongly identified with the New Labour ideology (IE right wing) and the majority of Labour people are left-wing.

    I think Ken can win as the majority of Londoners are similarly left-wing, and once cuts to services such as transport and policing (which the Mayor controls the financing of) start to take effect, then even the suburbs who voted Boris in last time, will turn against him.

  • Comment number 41.

    I would like to nominate Ken Livingstone for Captain of the heads.

  • Comment number 42.

    Up here in the North East we had a mayoral election in Hartlepool, which was won by the joke candidate who came on at the local football ground dressed as H'mus the monkey (it's a Hartlepool legend - look it up on Wikipedia).

    Even HE didn't think he would win, but he did.

    The local labour party in the town named a brand new municipal building after the labour council leader then in office, talk about brown-nosing.

    You can all write off Boris as the joke candidate, but the people have had enough of the political technocrats like Ken.

    Me thinks the result of the next mayoral election in London has just been decided, and it isn't Ken.



  • Comment number 43.


    @SillySillySillySillySilly

    "Give Caesar (i.e. Ken) what belongs to Caesar (i.e. London). Boris is a joke"


    So London "belongs" to Ken Livingstone?

    I think that Londoners will have something to say about that but I imagine that no one will be more pleased to have Ken selected as his opposing candidate than Boris Johnson.

  • Comment number 44.

    Up to Labour who they want to put forward as their candidate. If the choice was between Red Ken or Oona King then it has to be said they made the right choice as Oona King is a lightweight.

  • Comment number 45.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 46.

    Although only a regular visitor to rather than resident of London, I recognise that Ken Livingstone has huge experience of and commitment to the city and was responsible for some important achievements, such as the congestion charge, during his term in office. On the other hand, he has dominated London politics for almost three decades and I feel that it is good to let other people have a go from time to time, especially in a democracy. I think Oona King, whom I have liked and respected whenever I have seen or heard her in the media, would have provided fresh ideas and approaches. Perhaps she can try standing again in future?

  • Comment number 47.

    If ever we needed proof of how far removed from reality the labour party are......

    Boris is a clown, Lembit is a joke and Ken Livingstone represents everything that has gone wrong with the labour party in the last 30 years - still it could have been worse, I hear Mandelson is still looking for a new job......

  • Comment number 48.

    Nobody in their right mind would want this man anywhere near the administration of any public body, unless they're happy to pay through the nose for the privilege. Livingstone outlived his usefulness to this country many years ago, however with the support of the new Labour party to be, he has no chance of regaining the office he made such a gubbins of.

  • Comment number 49.

    Msg 36 Steve wrote:

    "He is around 6ft Tall so odious reasonably tall man if you please.
    As it is entirely evident from your post that you don't intend to support Labour I wonder why you felt the need to regale us with your personal insults?"

    Insult you? I don't even recall mentioning your name.

    Perhaps you haven't caught on yet but this is a public forum, so anyone can comment. I don't live in London either (for which I thank a kindly Providence) but that doesn't preclude my commenting on who I think would or would not be a good mayor.

  • Comment number 50.

    If I lived in London, the most urgent issue would be the congestion charge abolition and none of the main parties will address this issue, so if you vote fore one of these, the congestion charge will stay!!

  • Comment number 51.

    Yes, the right man won the nomination!! The one man who can make damn sure Labour don't end up in the driving seat again.

  • Comment number 52.

    Pre New Labour, London had no mayor at all. It functioned perfectly well. Now we have another layer of bloated, self serving public servants creaming off the tax payers and doing no good whatsoever.
    Ban the mayor.
    Cuts, cuts, cuts!!!

  • Comment number 53.

    I VOTED for Ken

    Oona was the Joke not Ken

    I liked Boris as a person but NOT for Mayor

  • Comment number 54.

    The world has heard quite enough from whining Ken Livingstone. He was a pain before and he's a pain now. The really sad thing is this insitution is now being foisted on other UK cities. No! No! No!

  • Comment number 55.

    Politically I'm basically a centre-ist. A bit left wing for the Tories and a bit right wing for Labour (if such crude terms as left and right make any real sense) and would vote for either party depending on the circumstances. I'm not a fan of Oona King finding her a bit 'right on' but I'd vote for Heinrich Himmler before I'd vote for Red Ken. Frankly with a ballot sheet containing Ken, Lembik Opik and Boris Johnson Boris is surely guaranteed victory unless he's photographed eating a baby or something! (and even then given the choice of opposition I might still vote baby eating party..... )

  • Comment number 56.

    31. At 1:19pm on 24 Sep 2010, shakygorilla1 wrote:
    Yaaay! Bring Ken back. Free public transport. Free events.
    Goodbye to barmy "Lets have an airport in the estuary" Boris.



    The point is that it isn't 'free' is it? Its paid for by millions of pounds of taxation whether you use the transport or not and Ken attempts to reduce the price by cutting oil deals with Hugo Chavez, a man who would have you jailed if you called him 'barmy'

  • Comment number 57.

    What ever people may think about Red Ken and his political views, he did wonders for the public transport of the city.

    Much to the detest of the right-wing (especially the right-wing that frequent HYS) he is a very likable character (but then so is Boris). I think it's more about characters for the mayoral race than parties and Ken is head and shoulders above Oona in that department.

    Best of luck Ken!!

  • Comment number 58.

    43. At 1:51pm on 24 Sep 2010, ChaosMagick wrote:

    @SillySillySillySillySilly

    "Give Caesar (i.e. Ken) what belongs to Caesar (i.e. London). Boris is a joke"


    So London "belongs" to Ken Livingstone?

    I think that Londoners will have something to say about that but I imagine that no one will be more pleased to have Ken selected as his opposing candidate than Boris Johnson.

    ///

    Absolutely. As a Londoner, this is exactly what I have to say about that. I do quite a lot for London myself in terms of my local community, schools, sport etc. I also live an work locally. I earn and spend my money in London. I can relate to Ken in the sense that in our own ways we are investing hard work in progress for ourselves and our communities, generating an all round positive environment. With Boris, I feel I am working for him and his non-Londoner mates. In all the time he's been mayor, the most visible thing he's done is painting streets an awful and pointless blue. I bet he and his mate are having a laugh about how they painted the town blue or something like that. Nah. I am conservative as far as the London Mayor is concerned. Bring back Ken, so we can pick up where we left off. 4 wasted years.

  • Comment number 59.

    Judging by the antics of Mr Johnson's drinking classes London needs an experienced newt collector.

    But, I fear, New Labour is resigned and happy to, for the moment, continue in opposition, watching others make fools of themselves for a change, especially in Greater London.

  • Comment number 60.

    The ignorance of the "I dont care because it wont affect me" posters is astounding.

    Whether you are a Londoner or not. The prosperity of London is of importance to everyone. It is our countries financial powerhouse, a centre of tourism and our capital. It subsidises the rest of the country and we'd all be affected if a failed Mayor drove it into the ground.

    So less of the London bashing from our northern friends eh ?

  • Comment number 61.

    52. At 2:15pm on 24 Sep 2010, sd wrote:

    Pre New Labour, London had no mayor at all. It functioned perfectly well. Now we have another layer of bloated, self serving public servants creaming off the tax payers and doing no good whatsoever.
    Ban the mayor.
    Cuts, cuts, cuts!!!

    = = = = = = = =

    Not True

    We had the GLC (after the LCC) that conflicted with the TORY party - because it wanted to make life for London citizens better - so the TORY party banned it -

    Just as Thatcher did with the ILEA the best funded Education system in the country (because it took tax from the rich city centre boroughs and subsidised the very poor Inner London Boroughs with the money)

    The audacity of the ILEA was it wanted poor children in London to have the SAME class sizes and conditions as PRIVATE Schools. So poor children could similar opportunities as the rich - Thatcher didn't like the poor to have similar educational opportunities as the rich.

    That's why I changed from a Tory supporter to LABOUR.

    VOTE FOR LABOUR

  • Comment number 62.

    Red Ken,the bane of Londons motorists.

    I vote him.

  • Comment number 63.

    Ken was alright when he was Major and that was then. His time has now gone and we should not be fielding the same candidates in a country of over 65 million. Surely, others should be given the chance and opportunity to do something different. Therefore, choice was wrong. Labour keeps repeating the same mistakes that will lead them no where including their leadership. They've all been in govt and as members of the Labour Cabinet in the last govt. Aren't there new faces within the party? The reason why Gordon Brown, the former PM remained and they couldn't oust him was because there was no one among the leadership candidates suitable to be the leader.

  • Comment number 64.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 65.

    Ken has two major flaws: he is dignified and intelligent. You don't get anywhere with that these days. I am surprised no WAGS, Katie Price's or Big Brother winners have made themselves available for the post.

  • Comment number 66.


    PeteG_1984 wrote:

    'Much to the detest of the right-wing (especially the right-wing that frequent HYS) he is a very likable character (but then so is Boris). I think it's more about characters for the mayoral race than parties and Ken is head and shoulders above Oona in that department.'

    Well, I've heard Ken Livingstone called many things, most of which are unrepeatable on this site, but 'likeable' is a new one on me.


    Much to the detest of the right-wing (especially the right-wing that frequent HYS) he is a very likable character (but then so is Boris). I think it's more about characters for the mayoral race than parties and Ken is head and shoulders above Oona in that department.

  • Comment number 67.

    "13. At 12:40pm on 24 Sep 2010, thelevellers wrote:

    I am pleased that Ken will be taking on boris.

    Ken is a working class hero. Whereas boris is a tory toff who is only interested in helping his friends in Kensington and Chelsea (take the decesion to scrap the extension of the congestion charging zone) or the tory bankers."

    Sorry but there is nothing working class hero about this person. His support of congestion is nothing but anti-working class behaviour allowing the rich to use their cars at the expense of the less well off. Im sorry but any Labour supporter who supports any form of regressive taxation such as congestion charging should hold their head in shame. Fortunately i dont live in London so in one sense I dont care but I do get angry with Labour supporters calling for congestion charging of any sort.

  • Comment number 68.

    To paraphrase a joke from the 1980 US presidential election.

    The voter (shown as just one person) is given a ballot paper and a gun is held to their head, vote or else they are told. They look at the names on the ballot, they see Boris, Ken And Limbit Opik.........














    .......... and say "shoot!"


  • Comment number 69.

    Who would you rather meet at a party, Boris or Ken?

  • Comment number 70.

    Of the two labour candidates, he was the obvious choice. Thankfully he'll not stand a chance of winning the actual election.

  • Comment number 71.


    1. At 12:15pm on 24 Sep 2010, grainsofsand wrote:

    London needs Ken Livingstone like we need a hole in the head.


    Couldn't have said it better myself!

  • Comment number 72.

    Good luck with Livingstone you lucky Londoners.Realistically though look at your choice.Him,Boris the fool or Oooooona King.Surely a better selection is available than that little lot.

  • Comment number 73.

    Oona King had much more of a chance of getting my vote the Ken, and by judging all the posts and people expressions, they're probably thinking the same.

  • Comment number 74.

    64. At 2:43pm on 24 Sep 2010, margaretanderson wrote:
    There is no choice in the Labour Leadership Election
    For a Labour Leader in Government David Miliband is the only Candidate

    This is no time for a Novice!

    Ed Miliband panders to the left and the unions and, as Labour Leader, would be unelectable and would send a stampede of voters to the Liberal Democrats, who despite Vince Cable’s pandering to the left, everyone knows are Conservatives,

    There is no choice in this leadership election, Ed Balls, although the best candidate and absolutely brilliant, voters know is too much like Gordon Brown, who lost votes and the election. The other candidate is David Miliband who would make Labour Electable.

    The centre and right of labour have won votes and many elections.



    David Miliband knows how to gain power and form a Government. He has the experience, background, knowledge and intellectual capacity to win.

    To kick Labour into the Long Grass and the Wilderness for many years to come. To keep the Fat Cats and their Lifestyle of Obscene Bonuses, the Few who owe so much to the Many, in Power and make the Many ordinary people of Britain who have already ‘Bailed out Britain’ once already, Bail them out again under the unduly harsh and arguably unnecessary austerity measures of the Conservatives, Vote for Ed Miliband.

    The Politics can wait, the People of Britain cannot, to bring to a swift end this Coalition of Conservatism and bring Labour swiftly into Government vote for David Miliband.

    ///

    So, the right person didn't win the London's mayoral nomination? I am confused.

  • Comment number 75.


    37. At 1:35pm on 24 Sep 2010, Magi Tatcher wrote:

    We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs.


    LOL Probably find him at a wedding. To be fair, at least Boris tried. Ken annoys me whenever he speaks, let alone listen to his policies. The man's a egotist with the hump of motorists and anything successful since he can't drive and Boris done a better job!

  • Comment number 76.

    I like Ken, and when he is talking he seems very affable and intelligent.

    Unfortunately he is old school extreme labour when it comes to his policies, and the cronyism was beyon belief.

    I think it is good TV that he has won the nomination, but I sincerely hope for London's sake this is the only competition he wins.

  • Comment number 77.

    Does London need a Mayor?

    Assuming it does perhaps a political nomination is not the way to go, perhaps it needs a business-person, someone with credibility, charisma and wisdom.

    What about L Alan Sugar? or the like...

  • Comment number 78.

    Ken only got in in the first place because the electorate all thought they were sticking two fingers up at new labour, (I forget who the initial labour candidate was..) the fact is Ken is not the messiah and never was, even though he strongly believes it himself. I honestly thought Labour would have chosen someone more progressive.

  • Comment number 79.

    This really is turning back the clock. Poor London if our Red Ken is re-elected!

  • Comment number 80.

    65. At 2:44pm on 24 Sep 2010, Billy Hunt for Mayor wrote:
    Ken has two major flaws: he is dignified and intelligent. You don't get anywhere with that these days. I am surprised no WAGS, Katie Price's or Big Brother winners have made themselves available for the post.


    Is he? He sucks up to any third world despot as long as they're a left wing third world despot and compares Jewish journalists to concentration camp guards (which added to some of his anti-Israeli comments makes me wonder about him). He's not even a good speaker. After 7/7 Rudi Guilliani showed far more dignity.

    Incidentally the ballot paper for the mayors job will have a dozen joke candidates on it.

  • Comment number 81.

    Gee, I wonder who the left wing BBC will be supporting.

  • Comment number 82.

    So yet another election where the choice is between a giant faeces and a douche...

  • Comment number 83.

    Ah Ken Livingstone, the man who has presented programmes on the Iranian govt mouthpiece Press TV.

  • Comment number 84.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 85.

    Is this the best that Labour can put up??? Labour really is going backwards in terms of policies and people!

  • Comment number 86.

    Yet another disgraced and previously abandoned labor politician again seeking public office whilst consistently following their long tradition of dishonesty and deceit!

  • Comment number 87.

    80. At 3:31pm on 24 Sep 2010, Peter_Sym wrote:
    65. At 2:44pm on 24 Sep 2010, Billy Hunt for Mayor wrote:
    Ken has two major flaws: he is dignified and intelligent. You don't get anywhere with that these days. I am surprised no WAGS, Katie Price's or Big Brother winners have made themselves available for the post.


    “Is he? He sucks up to any third world despot as long as they're a left wing third world despot and compares Jewish journalists to concentration camp guards (which added to some of his anti-Israeli comments makes me wonder about him).”

    When right wingers do any of the above, e.g. sucking up to the US / Bush or commenting on Muslims it is called “the special relationship” or “freedom of speech”.

    //

    “He's not even a good speaker. After 7/7 Rudi Guilliani showed far more dignity.”

    ///

    I am a Londoner, and shocked by the 7/7 events because, like many millions, it could have been me or any of my close relatives, all travelling in Central London that morning. Ken’s words made me proud to be a Londoner as he turned shock and vulnerability into proud defiance ans strength. Ironically, the comparison to Giuliani occured to me as well, but I thought that would have sold Ken short. Thanks for reminding me. To “dignity” and “intelligence”, I would now like to add “courage” and “strength”.

  • Comment number 88.

    81. At 3:39pm on 24 Sep 2010, SystemF wrote:
    Gee, I wonder who the left wing BBC will be supporting.


    //

    Even if that were true, if you don't like it, why don't you go to the Telegraph? They are openly anti-Ken, you'll have a field day.

  • Comment number 89.

    #69 planetthanet

    “Who would you rather meet at a party, Boris or Ken?”

    Wouldn’t be much of a party if they were there…..would it?

  • Comment number 90.

    78. At 3:20pm on 24 Sep 2010, jonjonnyjon wrote:
    Ken only got in in the first place because the electorate all thought they were sticking two fingers up at new labour, (I forget who the initial labour candidate was..) the fact is Ken is not the messiah and never was, even though he strongly believes it himself. I honestly thought Labour would have chosen someone more progressive.

    ///

    Not all teh electorate. I didn't. I voted for Ken because of Ken and will do so again. He's indeed no messiah, but an excellent mayor.

  • Comment number 91.

    82. At 3:43pm on 24 Sep 2010, General_Jack_Ripper wrote:
    So yet another election where the choice is between a giant faeces and a douche.

    I think the term South Park used was 'T*rd Sandwich and a Douche' but otherwise that sums most elections up perfectly. You get the choice of any candidate you wish but usually its A) Nazi, B) Commie, C) Corrupt old Etonian, D) incompetent grammar school boy, E) joke candidate.

  • Comment number 92.

    I think that Boris should not have stopped the expansion of the congestion charge into Chelsea.

    But he should have also expanded it into the east of london and Ken Livingstone voting just to spite him, because Ken could never bring himself to remove that something he introduced

  • Comment number 93.

    I remember living in London in the grey, dark and gloomy days of the late 1980's. I returned in 2006 to find it vastly improved under Ken Livingstone's stewardship. The congestion charge was a brilliant idea and has worked very well, as has the Oyster card. The only thing to say about Boris Johnson is that he seems to have continued largely along the same lines as Ken Livingstone, so perhaps it doesn't really matter who gets elected. There's really only one issue that hits everyone in London and that's the Tube; still using signalling equipment dating back to the 1940's. One of these days, it will seize up entirely. What will the City boys do then?

  • Comment number 94.

    33. At 1:26pm on 24 Sep 2010, NoMoreInsideJobs wrote:
    "My choice for Mayor would be Konnie Huq-Brooker "

    Good call!


    60. At 2:38pm on 24 Sep 2010, Jock wrote:
    "The ignorance of the "I dont care because it wont affect me" posters is astounding. . . .So less of the London bashing from our northern friends eh ?"

    I have to agree: why would anyone care so little about something that they would bother to waste time posting the fact that they don't care? Perhaps they work in a Quango and need to fill in all the spare time? However, please don't assume they are our northern friends: they could be from Cornwall. Or the Isle of Wight.


    77. At 3:18pm on 24 Sep 2010, George wrote:
    "Does London need a Mayor? Assuming it does perhaps a political nomination is not the way to go, perhaps it needs a business-person, someone with credibility, charisma and wisdom."

    Lembit Opik step right up!
    (no: only kidding)

    Is that why they don't have an elected mayor in Glasgow: because Rab C. Nesbitt wouldn't stand?

  • Comment number 95.

    Excellent choice is our Ken, a real down to earth gent, for the people at all times.

    London has become a lot cleaner and a much nicer place to visit, and all because our Ken cares.

    Of course Right wing people would never agree with this statement. they cannot see beyond their own noses, so narrow minded they are.

  • Comment number 96.

    83. At 3:44pm on 24 Sep 2010, PERSIAN CAT wrote:
    Ah Ken Livingstone, the man who has presented programmes on the Iranian govt mouthpiece Press TV.

    ///

    Well, who knows what Ahmedinejad will reveal in his next speech on the 7/7 bombings then.

  • Comment number 97.

    Well done Ken.

    I wished the Labour Party had more principled leaders like Ken Livingstone.

    Instead they are likely to elect a leader who is probably, marginally, better that Blair and Brown.

    The Labour Party Leadership has no idea on how to energise their traditional supporters, unlike Ken Livingstone who has a remarkable ability for getting supporters to work for his campaigns. Further, he delivers.

  • Comment number 98.

    anyone is better than boris the man would clearly lose a battle of wit's against a twig

  • Comment number 99.

    This man is like a bad smell, he never goes away.

    There is an arrogance about Ken Livingston and there always has been.

    He clearly believes London "needs" him and has an awful ability to put across the feeling that he thinks he's more important to London than he really is.

    London is not his.

    Pity he wont accept this.

  • Comment number 100.

    Johnson has been a disaster for London and the sooner Ken defeats him and rids us of the wretched tory the better.

 

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