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10/10/00
100 Days that Shook the Pigeons
- Low -key Livingstone moves up a gear with Tube boss appointment

LONDON Mayor Ken Livingstone celebrates 100, primarily forgettable, days in office today with the hiring of new Underground chief Robert Kiley.

So far the Mayor has adopted a surprisingly low key approach to his job, but Kiley's appointment is likely to start a period of more intense action and publicity for Livingstone. Kiley is credited with transforming New York's subway system and Livingstone's success in attracting him to London has been hailed by business leaders.

Less likely to be cracking open the champagne are Underground workers who, if Kiley's record in the Big Apple is anything to go by, face a cut in their numbers and big changes to their job specs.

Meanwhile, Livingstone has come under renewed fire for his anti-pigeon policy. The Mayor is determined to drive the friendly birds from their traditional Trafalgar Square stamping ground, much to the horror of tourists, the editors of LondonNet and now sitcom queen and famous animal lover Carla Lane, who said the pigeons should be allowed free reign over the square.




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