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15/03/00
Ken: Independent I Stand
- Livingstone London Mayor bid based on future of Tube

KEN LIVINGSTONE has identified the future of the Underground as the crucial issue in the upcoming Mayoral elections after announcing he would run as an independent this morning.

Livingstone is thought to believe the capital's crumbling Tube network gives him the chance to appeal both to his natural left-wing constituency as well as to commuters of every political hue who have consistently said they are against the break up and privatisation of London Underground.

Referring to the privatisation policies of his official Labour Party rival Frank Dobson, Livingstone said, "that the break-up and partial privatisation of the Underground is over-whelmingly rejected by Londoners." Livingstone, like Liberal Democrat candidate Susan Kramer, wants the modernisation of the Underground to be financed by a bond issue rather than by handing over the system to the same train companies responsible for the shambles that is Britain's privately run over-ground rail network.

In contrast Livingstone's two rivals, Dobson and Tory Steven Norris, have been brazen in their attempts to swing the debate away from transport and onto crime, an area they believe will expose Livingstone's left-wing credentials and frighten some voters. Livingstone is clearly worried about being painted as a revolutionary wrecker and some insiders believe he only announced his candidature today to obviate the need to attend a meeting this evening at which scores of Trotskyists were expected to turn up.

As a punishment for standing against an official Labour candidate, Livingstone will now be expelled from the Labour Party.




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