Ken Livingstone will today kick off the next stage of his bid to regain City Hall with a day of campaigning in South West London, including the first of a series of ‘Tell Ken’ sessions giving local residents to share their concerns and ideas for the capital.
Campaign aides say the former-Mayor will spend “a full day” in each of London’s 32 boroughs over the coming months as part of the process of drawing up his manifesto for 2012’s Greater London Authority elections.
The process will start in Merton where he’ll be joined later today by running-mate and London Assembly Member Val Shawcross, local MP Siobhan McDonagh and Merton Council leader Stephen Alambritis.
Ahead of his visit Livingstone said: “When I was selected as Labour’s candidate for Mayor I promised to listen to the views and concerns of Londoners. Over the coming months I will fulfil that promise with public meetings and events in every London borough speaking directly to thousands of Londoners.”
Livingstone is challenging Conservative successor Boris Johnson in next year’s election. The Liberal Democrats and Green Party have yet to select their candidates.