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London Labour Party: Ken’s email to London Liberal Democrat voters

London Labour Party press release:

Ken is emailing thousands of London Liberal Democrat voters direct this afternoon - calling on them to consider giving their first or second preference to Labour on Thursday.

· It is clear that Londoners who have previously voted Liberal Democrat could make the difference at this election

· At the 2010 General election, 751,561 Londoners voted Liberal Democrat

· At the 2008 London Mayoral election, 878,097 Londoners voted Liberal Democrat

· In 2008 Ken Livingstone got 303,000 2nd preferences. Of these, the bulk were LibDem votes, who had 237,000 transfers after Brian Paddick dropped out, about as many as all the other candidates combined who fell in the first round. A similar pattern was evident in both 2004 and 2000. LibDem voters switched to the other progressive candidate in the race who was closest to their politics- Ken Livingstone.

· Both Brian Paddick and Ken Livingstone are in favour of cutting fares. They are also both in favour of restoring cuts in police numbers made by the Tory mayor Boris Johnson. By contrast, he is the only major candidate who is in favour of hiking fares and cutting police numbers.

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Ken’s email to London Liberal Democrat voters

Dear

I wanted to send you this email today because one of London’s most senior LibDems, Councillor Stephen Knight, has called for voters to remove Boris Johnson from office on Thursday.

You have two votes for Mayor – a first and second preference. Stephen Knight said that as a LibDem he is not going to use his second preference vote in the London Mayor election for the Tories – and called on voters to ‘sack Boris.’ Stephen Knight is one of the LibDems’ top candidates for the London Assembly, and their leader in Richmond.

Today, the Guardian newspaper has added to calls for voters who support different parties to vote Labour for Mayor. The Guardian says: “In the end, though, this is a contest between Mr Johnson and Mr Livingstone. There is no ducking it. And that means voting for Mr Livingstone as London's next mayor.”

The Conservative candidate, Boris Johnson, is the only one of the main candidates not calling for a fares cut. If you want to see a fairer London where we help people in hard times then you need to use your vote carefully to make sure the Tories don’t get away with it this week. I hope you will consider giving me your first or second preference on Thursday. Take a look at my election broadcast here:

Thank You

Ken Livingstone

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