Kenneth Robert Livingstone is an English politician who served as the Leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until the council was abolished in 1986, and as Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as the Member of Parliament for Brent East from 1987 to 2001. A former member of the Labour Party, he was on the party's hard left, ideologically identifying as a democratic socialist. Born in Lambeth, South London, to a working-class family, Livingstone joined Labour in 1968 and was elected to represent Norwood at the GLC in 1973, Hackney North and Stoke Newington in 1977, and Paddington in 1981. That year, Labour representatives on the GLC elected him as the council's leader. Attempting to reduce London Underground fares, his plans were challenged in court and declared unlawful; more successful were his schemes to benefit women and several minority groups, despite stiff opposition.
|Born:||Kenneth Robert Livingstone, June 17, 1945, Lambeth, London, England, UK|
|Political party:||Labour (1968–2000, 2003–2018), Independent (2000–2003, 2018–present)|
|Education:||Philippa Fawcett Teacher Training College|
|Deputy:||Nicky Gavron (2000–2003, 2004–2008), Jenny Jones (2003–2004)|
|Preceded by:||Office established|
|Succeeded by:||Boris Johnson|
|IMDb:||Ken Livingstone's IMDb|
About Ken Livingstone
Affiliated with the British Labour Party, he served as Mayor of London (2000-2008) and was a Member of the United Kingdom Parliament (1987-2001). During his time as London Mayor, he improved transportation in the city and earned international praise for his response to the 2005 London bombings.
As a young man, he protested the Vietnam War, cared for test subject animals at a research laboratory, and rescued wildlife in Africa.
Known for his far-left political views, he fought on behalf of the rights of women, minorities, and LGBT people and took a controversial position in arguing for the reunification of Ireland.
He was born in London to a working-class family; his mother was a music hall performer, and his father served in the Merchant Navy. At the conclusion of his decade-long marriage to Christine Chapman, he married Emma Beal; his marriages resulted in a total of five children.
He strongly and vocally opposed the conservative policies of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Information related to Ken Livingstone
- 2004 London mayoral election - The 2004 election to the post of Mayor of London took place on 10 June 2004. It was being held on the same day as other local elections and the UK part of the 2004 European Parliament elections, so Londoners had a total of five votes on three ballot papers.
- Former Protestants
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- Democratic socialists
- Fellows of the Zoological Society of London
- International opponents of apartheid in South Africa
- Politicians from London
- English socialists
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- UK MPs 1997–2001