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|McClaren to Favour Withdrawal Method
- Fruity London mayor hopeful set to accept independent Ken
PUNK godfather Malcolm McClaren will decide over the weekend whether to stay in the race for the London Mayor job.
Nomination papers for candidates have to be filed by Monday and the signs are that McClaren will ship out in favour of front runner Ken Livingstone.
"If we decide that Ken is a true independent we will withdraw," said a McClaren aide, who added that his boss would spend the weekend thinking things over. But the McClaren camp is already leaning heavily towards giving Livingstone the benefit of the doubt. "Our main platform was to lobby for the independent candidate and our stance was anti-party politics. As things stand, that is now Ken's platform," the aide said.
McClaren's likely withdrawal won't have a dramatic impact on the result of the election - the former manager of the Sex Pistols only scored 1 per cent in most polls - but it will deprive the race of some of its more colourful policy ideas. Among McClaren's plans were for free fruit to be made available in central London, fresh off the tree via a huge planting scheme, a free bike for every house in London and a brothel to be built opposite the Houses of Parliament to service politicians.