Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Wouldn't Have Done It Quite like That, Ken

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Wouldn't Have Done It Quite like That, Ken

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Byline: HUGH MUIR

A year ago today, Ken Livingstone first walked through the doors of Romney House as Mayor.

He beat 10 others to London's top job.

Hugh Muir asks five of them how things would have been different if they had won, and how they rate the man who did

"Ken's only real achievement has been to show he's tough on pigeons and tough on the causes of pigeons. I think everyone thought the Mayor would be responsible for everything in London but it is more like being mayor of a region."

Susan Kramer (Liberal Democrat) I would have gone straight away for an organisation which could deliver results. Lack of delivery has been a Ken weakness. They have got Bob Kiley which has been a good move but they still seem to be in campaign mode. They are still at the stage of committees and commissions whereas I would have been setting in place timetables and costings and pilot schemes.

He is very loyal. It is hard to go to people in your team who have been through the fire of a campaign and tell them there is no place for you, but the skills needed once a candidate is elected are very different.

Relations with the RMT union would have been very different.

I am not antiunion but I would not have bought into strike action which victimises Londoners.

Steve Norris (Conservative) Ken has no strategy. He has a lot of political battles he wants to fight but transport in particular is not a political battle - not even the issue of ownership.

I would have had a strategy for 100 days, 200 days and 300 days to make a visible difference. There would have been action on bus priorities and changes to the nature of the bus map. I am on one of the companies involved in the PPP and as Mayor I would have accepted the Government's scheme after negotiations on a number of critical issues, most of which have been dealt with. …

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