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Mayor of London Q&A answers


city-hall.jpgReuters Online invited readers to send in their questions to the four leading candidates in the Mayor of London election.

Transport and the Congestion Charge dominated your questions, but you also wanted to know about race relations.

Here are the answers from Labour’s Ken Livingstone, Conservative Boris Johnson, LibDem Brian Paddick and the Green Party’s Sian Berry.

For Ken Livingstone’s answers, read here

For Boris Johnson’s answers, read here

For Brian Paddick’s answers, read here

For the Sian Berry’s answers, read here

Johnson’s mayoral Q&A answers

Boris Johnson, Conservative mayoral candidate, answers your questions: 

Q: Is Boris Johnson going to rephase back the traffic lights which ken Livingstone changed when he was elected and get London moving faster again? Posted by Kishore Mandalia

A: I do plan to rephrase traffic lights to get cars moving. Cars stuck at traffic lights emit twice the amount of CO2 and congsetion is now back to pre-congestion charge levels. It’s time to stop clobbering motorists and get London moving.

Paddick won’t serve in a rival’s City Hall


Brian PaddickIn the first televised debate between the three main London mayoral candidates, we learned that former police chief Brian Paddick would not accept a job in a rival’s administration.

Paddick, who needs a huge swing in support to have any chance of election, has said that as mayor he would personally chair the Metropolitan Police Authority, which oversees the capital’s police.

Call him Johnson


boris1.jpgEvery time Labour ministers call the Conservative candidate for London mayor by first name alone they’ll have to pay £5 into a ‘swear box’.

“What we have to avoid is a situation where people think this election is a joke and that the future of London is not serious,” Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell told Sky News.

Choose your advisers with care


paddick1.jpgBrian Paddick criticises the suggestion that Conservative London mayor candidate Boris Johnson could run the capital as a kind of chairman supported by expert advisers.

“I think a lot of people are prepared to entertain the idea of Boris Johnson as mayor on the assumption that he will be surrounded by advisers, who will effectively run London for him,” the Liberal Democrat candidate said in an interview with Reuters.

Ken narrows the gap


kenlivingstone.jpgLast week in an interview with Reuters Ken Livingstone dismissed his rival Boris Johnson’s 12 point lead in the race for London Mayor in a YouGov poll as a quirk, resulting from its method of surveying voters over the internet.

He said a Guardian ICM poll using more traditional methods — telephoning a sample of voters — would show him in a much better position.

The Ken and Boris show


boris.jpgSitting at the Evening Standard’s London Mayor debate last night, it occurred to me how cosy this election is. Whoever wins the contest on May 1 will lead one of the world’s most high-profile cities with an 11.3 billion pound budget to run public transport, police and fire services and promote the economy of this global financial centre. Yet at times the candidates seem to think they are engaging in some kind of school debating contest.

First there was breathless Boris, who bounded up to the podium like a precocious teenager and raced through his speech to cram in as much as possible during his allotted eight minutes. Then a more nervous, and far less exuberant delivery from the class swot — Brian Paddick — the former policeman turned Lib Dem mayoral candidate, who delivered a serious and earnest “Why I should be head boy” speech.

Put your questions to Mayor of London candidates


assembly.jpgHow will Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson, Brian Paddick or Sian Berry spend London’s annual 11 billion-pound budget if they are elected mayor on May 1?

How will they tackle youth crime and congestion,  and how will the capital maintain its position as a global cultural and financial hub?

Ken dismisses negative poll


livingstone.jpgKen Livingstone talks to Tim Castle about standing for a third term as Mayor of London.

He dismisses a recent YouGov poll that shows him trailing Conservative rival Boris Johnson and says his rival candidates are all “Ken Lites” who have moved their policies closer to his.

Paddick: “Not being a politician is an advantage”

Brian PaddickBrian Paddick talks to Tim Castle about his autobiography and his candidacy for the mayoral election in London.

He says not being a politician is a “distinct advantage” when running against Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson.