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|Livingstone Lines Up Loser Alliance|
- Lib Dem Kerr slated as deputy
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT Keith Kerr is rumoured to be Ken Livingstone's choice of running mate if the Labour loser decides to run as an independent for London mayor.
Like Livingstone, Kerr was a narrow loser for his party's ticket. "My people are talking to his," Kerr said. "There are certain synergies that can be achieved by us working together. I am very attracted to the proposition."
Livingstone is currently holed up with close political allies planning his next move. His team is thought to believe the recruitment of a well-known black figure such as Kerr is crucial to their success, not least because Kerr would be able to call on the support of the influential Operation Black Vote and other community groups.
Polls show Livingstone a clear leader over official Labour candidate Frank Dobson and Tory Steve Norris but the left-winger will be aware that he needs to broaden and deepen his support to guarantee success. As well as canvassing the minority vote, Livingstone can count on the backing of fringe left groups such as the Socialist Workers Party, who have run a strong pro-Ken campaign, despite his past role in excluding Trotsyists - he labelled them "nutters" -from internal Labour Party battles.