Ken Livingstone wins his party’s votes to run against Johnson for London mayor in 2012
Amidst the current break down in crisis talks attempting to prevent yet another London tube strike over job cuts next month, Ken Livingstone has beaten former MP Oonna King in the Labour Party vote for their next candidate to run for London mayor.
The nomination was disclosed at a neighbourhood centre in South Bank and Livingstone will go head to head with current conservative mayor Boris Johnson and possibly Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik who is hopeful in gaining his party’s votes.
In response to Ken Livingstone’s triumph Boris’s spokesperson stated Mr Johnson was surprised that the Labour party decided to “exhume” him.
Boris’s deputy Kit Malthouse said: “Choosing to exhume Ken Livingstone is a very odd decision.
“Granted he is a game old boy – but we assumed Labour would choose the future, not the past.”
However stand-in Labour party leader Hariet Harman made her views on Livingstone clear when saying: “The whole of Team Labour will be backing you.
“And I have no doubt you will win the backing of communities across London.”
When thanking Labour voters Livingstone made no secret of his thoughts on Johnson’s current work stating: