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15/05/01
LibDems Raise Stakes On Private Tube
- Mini-manifesto continues support for Ken

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS have increased the pressure on the government over Tube privatisation by signalling they will make the issue one of their main campaigning topics in the run up to June 7th's General Election.

Lib Dems have long backed London Mayor Ken Livingstone's bond-issue formula for providing investment funding for the Underground. Now, as the election approaches, they intend to make more noise about the claimed threat to the Tube of the Labour government's privatisation scheme, beginning with yesterday's launch of a mini-manifesto for London.

With Tube strikes also in the offing over the next four weeks, Prime Minister Tony Blair's hope that, by conceeding some ground to Livingstone over the management of the Underground network, the issue might be pushed down the news agenda appears to be a forlorn one.

On legal matters, meanwhile, the LibDems mini-manifesto played to the populist gallery, promising an extra 1,200 police officers for London.




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