Ken Livingstone

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Ken Livingstone is the second term Mayor of London. First elected on 4 May 2000, he was re-elected on June 10, 2004.



Born in 1945 in Lambeth, Livingstone was educated at Tulse Hill Comprehensive School, worked as a technician at the Chester Beatty Cancer Research Institute in London and entered Phillipa Fawcett Teacher Training College, where he qualified in 1973.

Political Career

  • Livingstone was a Labour member of Lambeth Council between 1971 and 1978, holding the position of Vice-Chair of the Housing Committee from 1971 to 1973. From 1978 to 1982 he was a member of Camden Council, where he was Chair of the Housing Committee from 1978 to 1980.
  • Elected as a Labour member of the Greater London Council in 1973, Livingstone served as Vice-Chair of Housing Management from 1974 to 1975 and was elected Leader in 1981.
  • In a fit of conservative authoritarianism Margaret Thatcher abolished the Greater London Council in March 1986.
  • From 1987 to June 2001, Livingstone served as Labour Member of Parliament for Brent East.
  • From 1987 to 1989 Livingstone served as member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.
  • From 1997 to 1998 Livingstone served as member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party after defeating Peter Mandelson.
  • In 2003 Livingstone imposed the London Congestion Charge.
  • In 2006 Livingstone announced that higher London Congestion Charges would be imposed on "Chelsea tractors," or SUVs.

Livingstone in Quotes

  • "Chelsea tractors, many of which are responsible for some of the highest CO2 emissions of any cars on our roads, have to be dealt with." 'Mayor's Question Time in July 2006. See "London Congestion Tax Used to Punish SUVs, Sports Car Owners." The November 11, 2006.


  • If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It (1987)
  • Livingstone's Labour (1989)

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