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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Irish back Ken to stay Mayor

THE IRISH community across London is coming together to back Ken Livingstone’s campaign to be re-elected as Mayor of London.

The move comes as polls show he is neck-and-neck with rival candidate Boris Johnson for the post. Londoners go to the polls on May 1 — with Livingstone bidding to be elected for a third term.

A coalition of Irish groups in the capital has now formed an alliance to back the Mayor — citing his record of work for the Irish community over the years. Irish Londoners For Ken spokesman Gerry Ryan said: “Irish Londoners For Ken will be campaigning up until May 1 to ensure Ken is reelected.

“We think it is of utmost importance that the Irish voters and those of Irish descent come out and vote for Ken who has done so much as Mayor to ensure that our community has been recognised for its contribution to the city."

“Ken’s policies such as championing public transport, promoting equality and tackling climate change, has benefited all sections of our community."

“He has always been a strong friend to London’s Irish community — building links with Ireland, supporting peace and not least ensuring our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are enjoyed by tens of thousands of Londoners every year."

“We need Ken as Mayor and we urge everyone to make sure they turn out in numbers to vote for Ken.”

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