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    1. September 29, 2014

      Who will be the next mayor of London?

      Candidates for the next London mayor Only two people have held the post of elected London mayor since it was created in...

    2. January 14, 2014

      Capita regains congestion charge contract

      Capita, the company once loathed by motorists for implementing London’s congestion charge, has snatched back the contract it...

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    1. London and the World

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    1. August 26, 2013

      Could London ever be a city-state?

      It is fashionable these days to portray London as a nascent city-state, a world city pulling away in wealth and status from...

    2. August 7, 2013

      High-speed orbital rail proposed for London

      A new high-speed “rail bagel” encircling London will become a priority for the capital as its population soars to 10m over...

    3. July 19, 2013

      How to give bike use a push

      A question that troubles me a little – and might trouble others, such as London mayor Boris Johnson, even more – is this:...

    4. March 19, 2013

      London mayor would like to try PM’s job

      Boris Johnson has said he would like to “have a crack” at being prime minister, while claiming “it would never happen”. The...

    5. November 18, 2012

      ‘Wizard of Oz’ aims to cast electoral spell

      Lynton Crosby, dubbed the “Wizard of Oz” by his grateful clients, made his name masterminding successive election victories...

    6. June 22, 2012

      Public shaming is the way to tackle tax cheats

      Whatever one thinks of the conduct that landed Jimmy Carr on the front pages of the newspapers this week, no one can fault...

    7. May 25, 2012

      ‘Londoners never go to the Transport Museum’

      My perfect day would begin with a walk with my dog, Coco, on Hampstead Heath, on a nice sunny morning. What’s lovely about...

    8. May 8, 2012

      Johnson names deputy to push growth agenda

      Boris Johnson has annou­n­ced key appointments to his City Hall team, signalling a focus on jobs and growth with the...

    9. May 5, 2012

      Livingstone leaves the political stage

      Ken Livingstone, the great survivor of British politics, went down fighting against his Conservative rival Boris Johnson...

    10. May 5, 2012

      ‘Red Ken’ fights last campaign

      Ken Livingstone’s defeat in his bid for a historic third term as London mayor will be the final chapter in a political...

    11. May 4, 2012

      Johnson wins London mayor’s race

      Boris Johnson last night beat Ken Livingstone in a closely fought race to secure a second term as London mayor, a victory...

    12. May 4, 2012

      Labour celebrates with gains nationwide

      Ed Miliband has fortified his party’s morale after Labour’s sweeping gains in main cities such as Cardiff, Birmingham,...

    13. May 4, 2012

      PM rejects call to turn right after poll losses

      Labour has made sweeping gains in local elections across England and Wales, winning an 8 percentage point lead over the...

    14. May 3, 2012

      Labour incredulous at timing of King criticism

      Labour reacted with incredulity on Thursday after Sir Mervyn King, Bank of England governor, publicly endorsed George...

    15. May 2, 2012

      Strong mayors can revive democracy

      Victorian Britain was a cradle of vibrant local government. Under dynamic mayors such as Joseph Chamberlain, who ran...

    16. May 2, 2012

      Greens hope to benefit from disillusionment

      At a time of growing disillusionment with mainstream politicians, the Green party is hoping to make gains in Thursday’s...

    17. May 1, 2012

      Boris enters the outer limits

      There is a saying on the professional golf circuit: drive for show and putt for dough. In other words, it’s the tiddly shots...

    18. April 29, 2012

      Livingstone confident of win despite polls

      Ken Livingstone is standing outside the Treasury, megaphone in hand and soapbox underfoot, as torrential rain begins to...

    19. April 27, 2012

      The Inventory: Ken Livingstone

      Ken Livingstone, 66, was Labour MP for Brent East from 1987 to 2001. He led the Greater London Council from 1981 until 1986...

    20. Westminster Blog

      April 26, 2012

      Boris attempts last-minute detachment policy

      The House magazine has turned into a must-read under Paul Waugh and tonight the magazine has interviews with both Boris...

    21. April 26, 2012

      Tears and tantrums mark London mayor race

      The incumbent has exploded with fury in a foul-mouthed tirade at the “barefaced liar” running against him and the leading...

    22. April 23, 2012

      Mayoral plebiscites herald new era, says PM

      Britons go to the polls on May 3, and though the results are set to be dominated by the battle between Boris Johnson and Ken...

    23. April 17, 2012

      Livingstone attacks cult of celebrity

      Ken Livingstone has attacked the cult of celebrity in politics, claiming it is preventing “a serious political debate” and...

    24. April 17, 2012

      Cities cool on offer to elect a mayor

      Plans for elected mayors could be a damp squib, with as few as three cities voting in favour in next month’s referendums,...

    25. Westminster Blog

      April 17, 2012

      Ken Livingstone fails to let sunshine win the day

      Ken Livingstone was the star turn at today’s lobby lunch in the House of Commons and the Labour mayoral contender gave a...

    26. April 16, 2012

      Boris and Ken: no model for mayors

      The Boris and Ken show has so far been a poor advertisement for the view that directly elected mayors around England hold...

    27. April 13, 2012

      Britain should not fear fiscal voyeurism

      A few years ago I came across a stack of old newspapers, circa 1921. They chronicled the goings-on in the Norwegian village...

    28. April 13, 2012

      Red Ken’s postscript

      You Can’t Say That, by Ken Livingstone, Faber, RRP£9.99, 710 pages From suburban frog-breeding enthusiast to first mayor of...

    29. April 12, 2012

      Cross-party group pushes case for elected mayors

      Greg Clark is on a mission to correct what he sees as Labour’s “emasculation” of Britain’s largest cities and its obsession...

    30. April 11, 2012

      Gloves come off in London mayoral debate

      Four of London’s mayoral candidates locked horns in debate on Wednesday night for the first time since the publication of...

    31. April 11, 2012

      Cameron may disclose his tax returns

      David Cameron, the UK prime minister, has indicated he would be happy to publish his tax returns, as the government...

    32. April 8, 2012

      Labour challenges Osborne over his tax

      George Osborne has been challenged by Labour to clarify whether he will benefit personally from next year’s cut in the top...

    33. April 8, 2012

      Johnson fires shot across Cameron’s bows

      Boris Johnson, mayor of London, has fired a shot across David Cameron’s bows by vowing to fight any attempt by the...

    34. April 8, 2012

      Johnson lays out pitch to stay on as mayor

      Boris Johnson is setting out his pitch for a second shot as Britain’s most powerful directly elected politician over a...

    35. April 6, 2012

      Making politics more transparent

      Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has published his tax returns for the past four years after relentless goading by his...

    36. April 6, 2012

      Mayoral rivals break tax taboo

      The four leading candidates in London’s mayoral election broke with the customs of British politics this week by laying bare...

    37. April 3, 2012

      Tempers fray in London mayoral contest

      Tensions in the London mayoral race exploded into the open after Boris Johnson called Ken Livingstone “a liar” for...

    38. April 1, 2012

      Doubts cast over fares cut promise

      The coalition’s long-term spending settlement with London’s lead transport body would be thrown into doubt if Ken...

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