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Sunday, March 14, 1999 Published at 19:22 GMT

UK Politics

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.

Trevor Phillips tells David Frost: "This is a great job which is worth doing"
Mr Phillips, a former president of the National Union of Students (NUS), becomes the third candidate to throw his hat in the ring, following Tory peer Lord Archer and Labour MP Ken Livingstone.

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.

[ image: Former GLC leader Ken Livingstone is not popular with Labour's hierarchy]
Former GLC leader Ken Livingstone is not popular with Labour's hierarchy
Last year he played a key role in the successful campaign to persuade Londoners to vote for the government's proposals for a mayor and London assembly.

Mr Phillips, who presents ITV's The London Programme said: "This is a great job, which is worth doing."

Bishop Titus David and teacher Michael Oni, from Brixton, say they would not vote for Mr Phillips just because he is black
He said: "London is a great city, full of diversity. The majority of Londoners come from somewhere else - Asians, Jews, the Irish, my own community - and I think I can play a part in turning that diversity to our advantage."

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."

The BBC's political correspondent Nick Jones: "He has become tired of waiting for the selection process"
He said he planned to stand as the Labour candidate but said the selection process had not yet been confirmed.

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.

[ image: Glenda Jackson is Transport Minister for London]
Glenda Jackson is Transport Minister for London
There has been widespread speculation about who Downing Street might choose to run under the Labour ticket.

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.

Former Tory minister Steven Norris, another possible candidate: "Trevor has a lot of personal qualities"
Mr Phillips said he did not believe an independent candidate could win.

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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