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|Dobson to Stand Down
- Anti-mayor platform for new Frank
'IF ELECTED I will resign," said Frank Dobson today. No, not that Frank Dobson, Frank S. Dobson, the latest candidate to declare himself a runner in the race to become London Mayor.
Frank S. is standing on an anti-Mayor platform and reckons the high profile new post and its attendant assembly are a waste of money. "The new Mayor's HQ will cost UKP20 million alone," said Frank S, a retired publisher from New Malden. "Imagine all the books that could be bought for our schools and libraries for that money."
Normally, electoral rules would prevent someone from standing under the same name as an already established opponent, but this time there is nothing in the law to stop Frank S. putting himself forward for the simple reason that Frank Dobson is his real name and not some hastily concocted nom-de-plume scam or deed poll effort.
"I'm 65 and he's 60," said Frank S. of his Labour namesake, "so I think I can justifiably claim prior use of my name."
Meanwhile the man both Franks have to beat, Ken Livingstone, has unveiled celebrity-led plans to raise some of the UKP450,00 he believes will be needed to fund his campaign. Livingstone's glamorous backers from the world of music including Blur, The Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim are all due to appear in a concert in aid of Ken.