Having been previously rejected by his own party members for the role of LibDem President and more recently the voters of his former Parliamentary constituency, it seems Lembit Opik can’t wait to offer himself to the voters of London as their potential next Mayor. Hopefully he’ll forgive those of us who actually care about our […]
As I’ve said before, I think democracy is best served when candidates for any political nomination or office have to fight for it. That wasn’t the case in 2008 when Labour anointed Ken Livingstone and the Tory and LibDem selections produced huge majorities for the victors. Until recently my hope has been that would-be candidates […]
Two separate reports today suggest Boris Johnson is close to confirming that he’ll seek re-election as Mayor of London in 2012. I won’t pretend I’m not slightly surprised at the reports – no doubt inspired by pretty authoritative briefing – in the Guardian and Standard given that Boris often looks like he wishes he were anywhere other than in City Hall.
When Oona King decided to challenge Ken Livingstone for Labour’s 2012 Mayoral candidacy it opened up the prospect that Team Ken, having been committed to helping their man take back City Hall ever since he lost to Boris Johnson in 2008, would have a genuine fight on their hands to secure the nomination.