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Oona King to run for mayor of London

Oona King

Former Labour MP Oona King has announced that she will run for mayor of London.

King, 43, will challenge Ken Livingstone at the Labour party annual conference to secure the party’s backing.

If she is successful, she will then face Boris Johnson in 2012.

Details of her bid to secure Labour’s backing are to be revealed tomorrow.

King, the former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, was defeated by George Galloway in 2005. Since then, she has campaigned for diversity in the media, and is currently head of diversity at Channel 4.

Livingstone has yet to formally declare his intention to run for mayor, but he has repeatedly made it clear that he would be very interested in returning to the post that he held between 2000 and 2008.

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