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Ken Livingstone beats Oona King to the Labour Party nomination

Photograph: Katherine Rose for the Guardian

Livingstone - Labour's choice for London

Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for Mayor of London and will go on to challenge Boris Johnson in 2012, it was announced today.

Livingstone beat rival, Oona King, with 68.6% of the votes.  The former MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and self-confessed Blairite polled 31.4% of the ballot.

Mr Livingstone was elected by a ballot of Labour’s 33,000 members in the capital, along with members of organisations affiliated to the party, including the unions.

“I promise now to steal all your best policies straight into our manifesto.” said Livingstone, addressing members after his victory.

“This isn’t a victory between new and old Labour, it’s a London Labour victory.  The London election is [London’s] chance to send a message to Boris and Cameron – that we don’t want these cuts.  Bus passes now cost 30% more than when Johnson came to power and this election must be an argument for something better.  Ordinary Londoners did not create this mess; we need to unite Londoners like we have never before.”

He added.

Oona King pledged to unite behind Mr Livingstone, she said:

“All of us must do everything in our power to make sure Ken is next Mayor of London. No one in London wants to see Ken beat Boris more than me.  I will be there with you”

Ken Livingstone, elected the first ever mayor of London in 2000 after running as an independent candidate, lost the City Hall seat to Conservative candidate Boris Johnson in 2008.  He will address the Labour party conference in Manchester next Wednesday.

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3 Responses

  1. This news has made my day!! Now for London to be restored. 😀

  2. Congratulations to Ken. I hope he goes on to win the mayoral election.

  3. Although I am pleased for Ken, I do feel that by running for the mayoral post again (as the Labour candidate), he is impeding the development of a new generation of potential Labour London Mayors: – like Oona for instance. Instead of constantly running for the mayoral post, Ken should step aside and use his wealth of experience to nurture the Labour leaders of the next generation. I personally think this decision is a step in the wrong direction for Labour as a “progressive” party.

    However, this campaign has raises Oona’s profile status incredibly!

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