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Lammy’s prospects of becoming London mayor improve

Odds are shortening on Tottenham MP David Lammy’s chances of becoming mayor of London, as political commentators take seriously the possibility of a City Hall bid.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on Lammy replacing Boris Johnson in 2012 down to just 16-1, making him third favourite for the job.

When we reported back in August that universities minister Lammy was a possible contender to run London back in, his odds were 25-1.

Today right-wing blogger and commentator Iain Dale tweeted: “Believe me I would love it if David Lammy was Labour’s mayoral candidate!”

Dale has recently being launching attacks on Lammy, raising the possibility that Conservatives are taking his possible candidature seriously.

Publicly, Lammy has always denied that he is interested in being mayor of London, but friends of the Tottenham MP have in the past suggested that he would be an ideal candidate.

The Tottenham, Wood Green and Edmonton Journal quote a Ladbrokes spokesman as saying: “It is safe to say punters wishing to oppose the mayor, and don’t fancy Livingstone, are turning to Lammy.

“On the face of it 16-1 appears a big price, but it’s worth bearing in mind that Obama was bigger than 16/1 prior to announcing his candidacy.”

Former Labour MP Oona King, who is now working as head of diversity at Channel 4, is another strong possible candidate.

It is believed that former mayor Ken Livingstone is interested in contesting the election to get his old job back.

By Lester Holloway

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