Posts Tagged ‘London Mayor’

Real Londoners, not actors

by Jon Lansman.

“Another new depth plumbed in the mayoral campaign“, said Labour Uncut. And so it was… by them and by the Guardian diary, by the cuckoo in Labour’s nest, Dan Hodges, as well as the most hostile anti-Labour press in years. Ken stands accused of fake tears and using actors in his excellent broadcast. Except that […]

Standard journalists at loggerheads over pro-Johnson reporting

by Keith Wright.

Anyone who’s picked up the London Evening Standard in the past few weeks will be painfully aware that it is living up to its nickname “The Evening Boris”. But leaked correspondence seen by Left Futures would suggest that not all at Standard HQ are happy with this. Last month Darryl Chamberlain drew attention to the shift […]

Which side are you on, boys?

by Conrad Landin.

The Daily Telegraph supporting Boris Johnson? Surely not! For many, Andrew Gilligan’s promotion to the paper came as a relief. No longer would his hysterical opinions be broadcast to the capital’s retreating commuters as a point of course. But when self-proclaimed Labour supporters take to its pages to shaft their own party less than a […]

Moving on from ‘Ken and the Jews’

by Ken Livingstone.

The last week saw my relationship with the Jewish community in the headlines. I agree with those including in my own party who want to break out of the “drama” of “Ken and the Jewish community” – it’s time to move on from that, onto something less headline-grabbing but more dynamic. I understand the dismay […]

Ken and the Jews

by Jon Lansman.

Unlike Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian, I shall be voting for Ken Livingstone to be London’s Mayor, I shall be out campaigning for him and I shall be arguing against those in Labour’s ranks who, from the outset, have sought to undermine and damage his campaign. He offers the best policies for London and his […]

Londoners won’t be fooled by the anti-Ken Livingstone spin

by Rabina Khan.

The polls are showing the two leading contenders for London mayor – Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson – running neck and neck. Predictably, sections of the rightwing media have started reaching for the proverbial dog whistle; playing politics with race and religion and appealing to a diminishing band of bigoted voters who respond to the politics […]

#OccupyLSX is a peaceful protest and deserves a hearing

by Ken Livingstone.

This has been a peaceful protest, and it should be approached on that basis. City Hall has a duty to accommodate those who wish to protest in London and ensure their safety whilst ensuring the London does not grind to a halt. No one wants or expects there to be permanent camps – all protests […]

Defend Ken from Guido’s nonsense

by Darrell Goodliffe.

The election to the post of London’s Mayor in 2012 is an absolutely key election that Labour must win to show it is nationally back on the map. Partly this is to do with symbolism, but it also reflects the goodly number of parliamentary seats up for grabs in London. It is no surprise then […]

There’s a time and a place for pluralism

by Jon Lansman.

At a time when pluralism versus tribalism is so much talked about, is it not surprising that one of Labour’s great taboos remains discussing electoral arrangements with other parties — pre-election deals? And yet we now have, for some elections, electoral systems which at least some of the time mean that a Labour vote is […]

Ken Livingstone beats Oona King (but with a low union turnout for a leadership election)

by Jon Lansman.

 Ken Livingstone has overwhelmingly won the Labour nomination for Mayor of London by a majority of more than 2 to 1 overall, with a slightly better result in the trade unions than amongst Labour party individual members. Ken was master of his brief and never looked remotely vulnerable to Oona King’s challenge. He derived […]

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