Ken has twice held the chief executive office in London's local government. He led the Greater London Council and was London's first Mayor.
Ken Livingstone is a great after dinner and conference speaker on business and politics.
He was initially elected to the post of London Mayor as an Independent candidate after the Labour Party chose not to nominate him as their candidate in the first mayoral elections. In January 2004, he was re-admitted to the Labour Party. He stood as the official Labour Party candidate for Mayor in the June 2004 elections, which he won with a total of 828,380 first and second-preference votes. His term as Mayor of London ended on 4 May 2008.
One of Ken’s greatest challenges as Mayor of London was dealing with the city's ageing transportation infrastructure. Ken introduced many schemes including bendy buses, oyster cards and the congestion charge. Ken also made a significant effort to reduce London’s impact on the environment and he set up Britain's first register for same-sex couples. While falling short of legal marriage rights, the register was seen as a "step towards" such rights. Legal status was later passed by the government through the Civil Partnership Act 2004.
In the aftermath of the 2005 London bombings, Ken initiated a campaign to celebrate London's multiculturalism. In 2001 Ken revived the free anti-racism Music festival now which he believes, along with other anti-racist policies, is why London saw a 35% decrease in racist attacks.
Following his post as Mayor, Ken took a slot on London's Biggest Conversation as a radio presenter. He also writes a weekly blog and is a regular contributor for The Guardian. He is a proficient corporate speaker and was a Chair and debate contributor at the Progressive London Conference in 2010.
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