Sunday, March 14, 1999 Published at 19:22 GMT
Phillips wants to run London
Trevor Phillips is a familiar face on London's TV screens
Journalist Trevor Phillips has ended months of speculation by confirming he wants to stand as Mayor of London.
Mr Phillips, 45, who presents ITV's The London Programme said: "After 20 years of crusading for London as a reporter I think it's about time instead of just telling politicians what to do, I would like to play a part in making it happen."
Friend of Peter Mandelson
He is a long-time Labour supporter - former Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Mandelson was best man at his wedding.
Mr Phillips, who presents ITV's The London Programme said: "This is a great job, which is worth doing."
Influenced by Lawrence case
Mr Phillips said the Stephen Lawrence case had played a part in making up his mind.
"We who come from minority communities have a right to say we want things to be better and to include us.
"But if we want that to happen we have to take responsibility for making that happen - we have to join the police, get involved in public affairs and, by doing this, I might be giving a lead to some of my community."
Fight for Labour ticket
Mr Phillips can expect competition for the Labour ticket from Mr Livingstone, the former leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) and Transport Minister Glenda Jackson, although she has yet to confirm her candidature.
Political analysts say a minister such as Frank Dobson, Chris Smith or Tony Banks may be drafted in to run on an "Anyone but Ken" basis.
The Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam, has also been mentioned.
The selection process will sort out an official Labour candidate before next year's poll, although those not selected will be able to stand as independents.
Lord Archer is the odds-on favourite to be the Tory candidate while the Liberal Democrats are expected to pick Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey in south London.
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