>Unions win again as Ken Livingstone become Labour’s London Mayoral candidate

>Ken Livingstone has beaten Oona King to be the Labour’ party’s candidate for London Mayor, winning a massive 69% of the vote of London Labour members. Mr Livingstone had previously held the post of London Mayor, but was defeated by Conservative Boris Johnson in the 2008 election.

The election of Livingstone might be encouraging for Ed Miliband, as it clearly demonstrates to an lurch to old Labour leftism, and a rejection of New Labour candidates. Once again the union backed beast has beaten off a dynamic, young, female contender. Even if there is some overlap with Ed, this result will surely cause a problem for whichever Miliband wins the leadership on Saturday, as they have both tried to show themselves as a forward thinking force for change.  

Ken Livingstone has issued the following statement: 

“We need a Mayor who will stand up for London.

“The choice between me and Boris Johnson could not be clearer. I will protect the fare payer. After Boris Johnson’s unnecessary fare increases that go hand in hand with cuts to investment we need fairer fares. I promise that fares under my administration will be lower than if Boris Johnson is re-elected.

“Today’s decision by London Labour members signals the start of a campaign to change London for the better and to protect Londoners from the cuts of this government that threaten to wreck lives and push us back into recession.

“I will unite Londoners around this message.

“The London election in 2012 will be the chance to send a message to David Cameron and George Osborne that we don’t want devastating cuts to our public services, fewer jobs, and declining living standards.

“If you want them out, first vote Boris out.”

Terribly original and inspiring i’m sure you will agree…. at least it will all be over on Saturday.


One Comment to “>Unions win again as Ken Livingstone become Labour’s London Mayoral candidate”

  1. >How exactly is it a win for the unions? Membership turnout was 69%, affiliates 11%. So LibDems are going to campaign for Boris then in the mayoral election?

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