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Newsnight's London mayoral debate

Mayoral Debate

On Tuesday, Newsnight is holding the first live televised debate between the leading London mayoral contenders.

What would you like us to ask Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick and Boris Johnson?

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Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick and Boris Johnson are all candidates


Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone has been mayor of London since the job began in 2000 and is trying to secure his third term in office.

The 62-year-old was leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 to 1986 and has had a colourful political career.

Mr Livingstone was a left-wing Labour MP but he left the party in 2000 to fight for the mayoralty after Frank Dobson was chosen as the official candidate.

By the last election, in 2004, he was back within the fold.

He has promised to cut youth murders, saying he has a track record in reducing crime, and has launched five joint "green" pledges with Green Party candidate Sian Berry.

BORIS JOHNSON - Conservatives

Boris Johnson

Conservative MP Boris Johnson has one of the highest profiles at Westminster, having also been a regular guest on TV shows and editor of the Spectator magazine.

The 43-year-old has spoken of his desire to get London moving and to make improvements to public transport.

He has also stressed his passion for cutting crime, wanting to end the violence which, in his view, blights some of London's communities.

Mr Johnson is a keen cyclist and has been a culture and higher education spokesman for the Conservatives since becoming MP for Henley in 2001.

BRIAN PADDICK - Liberal Democrats

Brian Paddick

Brian Paddick made headlines as the Metropolitan Police commander in the borough of Lambeth, where he pioneered a "softly-softly" approach to drug possession.

Later in his career he also hit the headlines after questioning the force's response to the Stockwell tube shooting.

Mr Paddick, who turns 50 in April, retired from the force last year, after three decades as a policeman.

He has promised to put extra police officers on the streets, make London's buses more reliable and provide additional affordable housing.

For a full list of candidates click here.

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  Councillors Councils
Party +/- Total +/- Total
CON 257 3155 12 65
LAB -334 2365 -9 18
LD 33 1804 1 12
PC 31 205 -1 0
OTH 10 898 0 0
NOC - - -3 64
159 of 159 councils declared.

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London Mayoral results
Overall results
Name Party Votes
Johnson CON 1,168,738
Livingstone LAB 1,028,966
Paddick LD 878,097
Berry GRN 409,101

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London Assembly Results
Overall results
Party Constit' Top-up Total seats
CON 8 3 11
LAB 6 2 8
LD 0 3 3
GRN 0 2 2
BNP 0 1 1

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