When Ken Livingstone became London’s first directly-elected mayor on May 4, 2000, it was a remarkable return to leadership, having been sacked 14 years earlier - along with the entire Greater London Council (GLC) - by Margaret Thatcher’s government.
In the process, Livingstone not only had the last laugh on the Tories but, by running as an independent after the Labour Party’s controversial selection system favoured Tony Blair’s choice of candidate, he also overcame...
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