Big task looms for Boris Johnson

May 2, 2008

(Updated on May 3 with new headline, election results, reaction and photos)

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The man described by some as a joke, by others as a brilliant mind has ended Ken Livingstone’s eight-year reign at City Hall.

Mayoral hopefuls take the Shakespeare test

April 25, 2008

Should Shakespeare be a factor for Londoners voting for their next mayor on May 1?

Mayor of London Q&A answers

April 24, 2008

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

Paddick promises personality surprise

April 15, 2008

Brian PaddickLiberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick admits he lacks the name-recognition status enjoyed by Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson in what many regard as a personality contest to be elected Mayor of London.

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

April 9, 2008

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.

Call him Johnson

April 7, 2008

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’.

Choose your advisers with care

April 4, 2008

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.

Ken narrows the gap

April 2, 2008

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.

The Ken and Boris show

April 1, 2008

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.

Put your questions to Mayor of London candidates

April 1, 2008

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?