from Davos Notebook:

London — warmer and cheaper

January 29, 2009

London is cheaper and warmer, at least compared with Davos, says London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Vlog: Londoners react to Barack Obama’s election win

November 5, 2008

I went out today to ask people in the area around my office in central London what they thought about Obama’s win. Despite my best efforts to find some who were not happy about the change of leadership in the United States, I didn’t manage…even the cab driver was enthusiastic. So, this is not meeting the Reuters rules of providing a balanced picture …but it’s a snapshot of what some people in London had to say on this historic day.

How safe is your street?

September 3, 2008

crime-map.JPGEver wanted to know how many crimes were committed in your local area?

Well, by the end of the year you’ll be able to get some idea with every police force required to produce online interactive “crime maps”.

There is no substitute for me, says Boris

August 19, 2008

boris.jpgThe resignation of another key aide to Mayor Boris Johnson has sparked renewed questions over the Mayor of London’s leadership, with opposition leaders at City Hall charging that the “wheels are coming off” his new administration.

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.

Heat is on at Reuters Newsmaker with London mayor candidates

April 15, 2008

** For full coverage of the mayoral election go to our special report **

Safer streets, better housing, more reliable transport….that’s what Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick all want for London and it’s probably what most Londoners want for their city. But what’s the big difference then between “Red Ken”, “Crazy Boris” and …”Policeman turned Politician” Brian Paddick?

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.

Ken dismisses negative poll

March 27, 2008

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

Paddick: “Not being a politician is an advantage”

March 20, 2008

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