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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK

UK Politics

The broadcaster mayor

Trevor Phillips has an OBE for his services to broadcasting

Of the five contenders running for the Labour nomination for mayor the broadcaster and journalist Trevor Phillips is the only one who is not an MP - in fact he only joined the Labour party itself in 1996.

London born, Mr Phillips is well known in the capital for his appearances over the last 10 years on LWT's London Programme.

And he is the only candidate from any of the three main parties remaining in the race who comes from an ethnic minority.

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Initially he was seen as the Labour leadership's choice for mayor, but since the entrance of former health secretary Frank Dobson into the contest Mr Phillips has emphasised his independence from Millbank.

The centrepiece of his platform for mayor is a proposal to renovate or build a 100,000 homes for public sector workers in central London to stop essential staff like police, nurses and firefighters being priced out of living in the city.

The former head of the National Union of Students is also promising free rides on public transport for children and students, in the hope of taking more cars of the capital's roads.

Mr Phillips is also hoping to triple the amount of pedestrianisation in London, starting with Trafalgar Square and intends to increase the amount of Internet access for Londoners by raising it to four out of five households by the end of his term in office.

Early in the race for mayor Mr Phillips was offered the chance to run as Ken Livingstone's deputy. He later revealed he had rejected, calling it patronising and accusing Mr Livingstone of racism.

Mr Phillips is a close friend of the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson who was the best man at his wedding.

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