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Monday, 6 March, 2000, 16:07 GMT
Labour's London timeline
The selection of Labour's candidate to stand for the London mayor elections has been a bitter and controversial contest publicly fought out over the last few years.

London Mayor
13 June 1998: The Greater London Labour Party delegates' conference endorsed a proposal, moved by GMB and seconded by Canning Town and Poplar Constituency Labour Party (CLP) which stated: "All candidates who are nominated by a minimum of 12.5% of London CLPs (10 CLPs) will automatically be shortlisted so that their names will appear on the ballot papers to select Labour's candidate."

8 February 1999: Ken Livingstone launches a "Let Ken Stand" campaign to persuade Tony Blair to allow him to be the candidate.

11 February: Frank Dobson attacks "anonymous liars" claiming he is under pressure to stand.

20 April: Speaking at the book launch of John Carvel's book on him, Mr Livingstone denies claims in the book that he will stand as an independent candidate should he not be selected as the Labour candidate.

30 April: Speaking in response to the Labour Party shortlist for candidates to the GLA , Mr Livingstone remarked "It looks like most people who would be supporters of mine have been kept off the list."

4 May: Minister for London Nick Raynsford said: "As my honourable friend the Member for Poplar and Canning Town (Jim Fitzpatrick) has pointed out, the Labour Party will elect its candidate on the basis of one member, one vote."

16 June: Trevor Phillips, who had recently announced his own candidature for London mayor, accuses Mr Livingstone of racism after the MP invites him to stand as his deputy.

8 July: Mr Phillips says he is better qualified to do the job than Mr Dobson because he "wants to do it".

5 August: In an interview with The New Statesman, Mr Livingstone declares he will not stand as an independent should he not win the nomination, but adds that should he not get it: "I know exactly what would happen. I would go into a period of depression. I would get depression with associated psoriasis, a classic stress pattern."

4 October: Frank Dobson's camp confirms he will stand.

12 October: Labour's ruling National Executive Committee votes 21-4 in favour of an electoral college that will choose from a shortlist their candidates.

13 October: Mr Livingstone complains that Labour has designed a selection process aimed at installing Mr Dobson as the party's candidate to be London mayor.

20 October: Mr Phillips announces he is to stand as Mr Dobson's deputy.

23 October: Glenda Jackson claims "absurd" behind-the-scenes briefings are being given against her and Mr Livingstone.

28 October: Tony Blair declares for the first time he is backing Mr Dobson as he attacks Mr Livingstone and his reign at the GLC.

1 November: Mr Dobson is accused of gaining access to confidential party membership lists, in order to carry out large-scale mailshots and a telephone campaign to woo support from London Labour Party members.

4 November: Mr Dobson appeals to party headquarters not to block Mr Livingstone from standing amid reports he is being damaged by being seen as Mr Blair's candidate.

15 November: The prime minister reveals his price tag for allowing Mr Livingstone to stand on the Labour ticket for mayor of London by demanding that he take an unprecedented "loyalty oath", undertaking that if he fails to beat Mr Dobson, he will not stand as an independent.

16 November: Labour selection shortlist deadlocked over whether to allow Livingstone to stand.

18 November: After 48 hours of meetings and two interviews with Mr Livingstone, the selection board puts him onto the shortlist.

20 November: Lord Archer drops out of the mayoral race as Tory candidate.

6 December: Dobson angrily denies reports that he is "depressed" and considering pulling out of the race and blames Mr Livingstone for spreading rumours.

7 December: The Independent reports Mr Livingstone is set to run as an independent if he does not get the Labour nomination, but Mr Dobson fails to get majority support amongst the London Labour membership.

18 January 2000: Mr Livingstone is embroiled in controversy over remarks in The Face magazine apparently supporting anarchist rioters.

19 January: Mr Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown are heckled as they launch new attack on Mr Livingstone at public meeting.

27 January: Mr Dobson launches a broadside against Labour's Millbank headquarters saying they "messed up" his campaign from start to finish and saying the election should have been on the basis of one-member, one-vote.

20 February: Labour result released and Mr Dobson wins, despite Mr Livingstone having won a majority of party members' votes on the ground.

6 March: Mr Livingstone announces he is going to stand as an independent candidate.

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