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19/04/07
Livingstone Laughs Off Dyke for Mayor Story
- Mayor pokes fun at 'backstabbing' David Cameron

Livingstone Laughs Off Dyke for Mayor StoryKEN LIVINGSTONE has waded into the bizarre story that former BBC chief Greg Dyke was being lined up as his main challenger in the next Mayoral elections.

It was revealed yesterday that Dyke met Tory leader David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell to discuss a plan in which he would stand as the two parties' joint candidate.

"I feel sorry for the Tory candidates for Mayor," said Livingstone. "At least Tony Blair was open about it and tried to stab me in the front over the selection in 2000, whereas David Cameron goes around stabbing his candidates in the back."

In the event, Dyke rejected the idea and then, to add to the air of desperation in Tory and LibDem ranks, came out in support of Livingstone.

"I like Ken, he's done a lot," said Dyke.

Livingstone faces his third mayoral election next year and is sure to mine the Dyke affair for political capital.

In fact, he's already started. "It will be pure hypocrisy when the Tory leadership declares they have full confidence in their candidate when their leader has actually spent months trying to find an alternative and clearly has no confidence in them at all," he said.



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