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04/07/00
Livingstone Gets Down to Business
- Mayor starts job by cosying up to financiers

KEN LIVINGSTONE officially begins his stint as London Mayor today, a job he has in reality been doing since he was elected back in May.

Throughout the election Livingstone pinpointed transport as the big issue and now says how his administration performs on transport will determine its success. "If I fail, I will not get a second chance," Livingstone said.

The problem facing Livingstone is that, as an independent, he has no party machine backing him up and no solid constituency from which to rally mass support.

But with plans for London Underground in conflict with the government, Livingstone knows he must forge alliances in order to get his way. Nevertheless, many on the left have been surprised that their former champion's first port of call has been London's powerful finance lobby, but the man himself sees no conflict.

"The only real pressure I can mobilise is with the business community," he said. "If we speak with one voice we'll get more resources for London."




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