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14/03/00
Dobson Lands Haymaker on Livingstone
- PM's man reveals aggressive streak

FEARLESS Frank Dobson won on points in last night's first TV showdown between himself and Ken Livingstone after begging his left-wing rival for London mayor to "make my day."

Speaking in excited tones, Dobson thrust his bearded chin upwards and towards Livingstone before challenging his nemesis to either run as an independent, or tow the party line. "Say now - are you going to support me or stand separately? Go on, make my day!"

Livingstone appeared surprised by Dobson's aggressive approach, though did manage a points-scoring counter attack when he reminded his opponent that he had won 60% of the popular vote in Labour's internal selection battle. "In most countries that would be seen as a victory," Livingstone said to cheers from the studio audience. Livingstone refused to answer Dobson's challenge, saying he still believed activist pressure could force the Labour Party to install him as the official candidate.

Dobson only decided at the last minute to appear on BBCTV's Question Time alongside Livingstone and the two other main candidates, Tory Steve Norris and Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer. But the favoured candidate of Prime Minister Tony Blair now plans to meet Livingstone in two more face to face clashes on Monday next week.

First up is the London School of Economics debate on Monday afternoon, followed by a BBC South East ding-dong in the evening.




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