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The People of England

The People of England

Ken Livingstone’s choice is fitting for a man whose job as London Mayor is to serve a good proportion of the people he’s nominated. He’s a great believer in the dynamism, the tolerance and the strength of the English people – a fact that’s often demonstrated in the words he uses to describe them.

“…the city of London is the greatest in the world, because everybody lives side by side in harmony” he said after the attacks in London on 7 July. “Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I'm proud to be the mayor of that city.”

It’s ironic, though, that Ken is the man who decided to scrap the Routemaster bus on all but two heritage routes. The much-loved red bus is one of our first 12 Icons of England!

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The People of England

Ken Livingstone


Often controversial and outspoken, Ken Livingstone became a public figure as leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) from 1981 to 1986. A Labour man until he stood in the Mayoral elections as an independent in 2000, he was taken back into the Labour fold in 2004. He introduced Congestion Charging to central London in February 2003 to tackle clogged up roads and intends to extend it westwards in 2007.