David Lammy has announced he will be supporting Ken Livingstone’s bid to become Labour’s mayoral candidate in the 2012 mayoral election. Speaking candidly in yesterday’s Guardian, Lammy made clear his reasons for backing Livingstone who first became Mayor in 2000, standing as an independent.
So far the only other candidate to announce their intention to run is the former Bethnal Green and Bow MP Oona King.
Speaking about his reasons for backing Mr Livingstone Lammy wrote:
“He has a record of getting things done, from pioneering community policing to holding down tube fares. He is equally comfortable in an east London greasy spoon, a street carnival in Notting Hill or a global summit in Davos. He knows city government and coalition politics inside out, has been through countless Whitehall spending rounds, and has London in his soul. Ken has reinvented himself more times than Madonna – and he’ll be back stronger than ever.”
In a statement to the press yesterday Lammy reiterated a similar message commenting:
“I saw what a recession can mean for Londoners during the 1980s. There were riots just a few roads away from our family home. London needs a political heavyweight to stand up to this government.”
He further added:
“Ken is that figure. He knows city government and coalition politics inside out, he has been through countless Whitehall spending rounds and he has London in his soul. Ken’s experience, his track record and his commitment to social justice make him the best placed to lead London in 2012”
This summer will be a pivotal period for the Labour Party. The party’s new leader and choice of candidate for the Mayoral race will both be announced in September.
Watch out for an OBV exclusive from Lammy soon.
By Richard Sudan