Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone today officially declared that he will be seeking another chance at the top job.
Livingstone, mayor from 2000 to 2008, announced his intention in the London Evening Standard.
“I want to be Mayor for one overriding reason. If I am elected my focus will be to do everything I can to protect Londoners from the recession and the effects of the Government’s policies.
I will use every lever to make sure our quality of life is protected and improved. Not a Mayor who spends his time defending bankers and instead one who will use mayoral budgets and powers to protect ordinary Londoners.”
His campaign website was also revealed today.
Livingstone will have to secure the backing of the Labour party to be their official candidate.
Former MP Oona King recently announced that she would be running for the Labour party’s nomination for mayor.
Livingstone lost the mayoral job to Boris Johnson in 2008 after he secured 53.2% of the vote. Boris has yet to declare if he will be standing for a second term.
Any other potential Labour candidates have until 18 June to put their names forward. A shortlist will then take part in a series of hustings across London and the result will be announced on 24 September – the day before Labour reveals who has won the race to succeed Gordon Brown as the party leader.
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