Livingstone claims fares policy would save Londoners £800

Val Shawcross campaigning for lower fares with Ken Livingstone during last year's election. Photo: MayorWatch

Ken Livingstone ramped up his campaign to return to City Hall today by promising to save Londoners £800 in fares over the next four years. Labour’s 2012 Mayoral candidate spent the morning speaking to Victoria line passengers about his ‘Fare Deal’ campaign which would see fares cut by 5% next year and rise only by […]

Current polling would see UKIP return to the London Assembly


At the 2000 London Assembly elections, UKIP attracted just under 2% of the London-wide ‘list’ vote. Four years later, when City Hall elections coincided with the Euro elections, they gained a further 6% and two seats on the Assembly. Their time on the Assembly was short lived as I’ve recounted before, but their election proved […]

Ken Livingstone ‘I will appoint LibDems if I win back City Hall’

Labour are now trying to shore up Livingstone's support.

Green and Liberal Democrat Assembly Members could be handed key roles at City Hall if Ken Livingstone defeats Boris Johnson next May. Livingstone says he would hope to appoint Green Mayoral contender and Jenny Jones and LibDem leader Caroline Pidgeon to his administration if he’s successful. The pair would be appointed to to senior roles […]

Labour attack Boris over Tube’s ‘week of chaos’

The Mayor has declined to take his pay increase.

Labour have accused London Mayor Boris Johnson of presiding of a “week of chaos” on the tube and claim “millions” of passengers have endured disruption and delays. Figures compiled by London Assembly Member Val Shawcross suggest there have been 33 separate delays, closures and suspensions caused by signal failures, faulty trains and non-availability of staff. […]

Livingstone pondering early fares package

Val Shawcross campaigning for lower fares with Ken Livingstone during last year's election. Photo: MayorWatch

Ken Livingstone could introduce an emergency fares package if he wins next year’s Mayoral elections. Stressing he didn’t yet have a firm policy, Livingstone said he was looking at “bringing forward the fares package from January 2013 to October next year”. Livingstone made the comments while campaigning in Hackney alongside comedian and Labour supporter Eddie […]

Can Ken turn a packed church hall and polite reception into votes?

Livingstone addresses as audience in Tooting.

Shortly after he was selected as Labour’s 2012 Mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone promised to visit all 32 London boroughs as he gathers material for his manifesto. He’s now around two thirds of the way through his ‘Tell Ken’ days which consist of walkabouts/visits in the day and an open Q&A in the evening. I’ve already […]