Mayoral hopefuls woo London’s business community

London's business community questioned the candidates

What divides London’s Mayoral hopefuls? Not a lot going by last night’s business hustings where Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Jenny Jones and Brian Paddick used the platform to set out their business-friendly credentials. All were robust in their support of immigration, insisting it was essential to feed business with the new staff needed for expansion. […]

Livingstone launches election pledges

Mr Livingstone campaigning with Labour party leader Ed Miliband. Image: MayorWatch

Labour leader Ed Miliband visited London Bridge today to launch the 6 “key pledges” which will form the core of Ken Livingstone’s manifesto at May’s Mayoral election. The pledges, all of which draw on previously announced policies, include promises to cut fares by 7% and the establishment of a London-wide “non-profit making lettings agency” to […]

London’s ‘Deputies’ show the big beasts how it’s done

James Cleverly, Val Shawcross and Caroline Pidgeon. Image: Victoria Borwick

London’s Guildhall served as the backdrop for an interesting debate between two would-be and one stand-in Deputy Mayors on Wednesday. The debate was organised by Central London Forward, a body representing the seven central London local authorities: Camden, City of London, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster. Val Shawcross and Caroline Pidgeon, running […]

WIth their insults and jibes, Boris and Ken are letting Londoners down

Spot the difference?  Photo: MayorWatch

Ken’s tax arrangements, Boris’s salary, trotskyists, chickenfeed and now ‘part time Tories’ – this year’s Mayoral election is turning into a depressing exchange of personal jibes and insults. Try not to laugh too loudly, but I was hoping an election contest between an incumbent Mayor and his immediate predecessor would provide Londoners with a choice […]