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Comments in support of
Ken Livingstone
Mayor of London (UK)

The top 10 mayors in World Mayor 2005 were selected equally on the number of votes received and the quality and conviction of supporting statements. Below we publish an edited selection of comments received in support of Ken Livingstone - Mayor of London (UK).

Comment: Ken Livingstone presides over one of the great world cities and is in tune with its diverse, multicultural, multilingual and multi-faith society in a very down to earth and approachable style. He is also not afraid to speak his mind on the great issues of our time, including issues of political, economic, religious and cultural importance. He is a man and mayor of the people.

Comment: Ken Livingstone has been remarkable for London. He has given a very precise focus on Local Government issues and he has raised the profile of the City. He has been a very succesful Mayor, strong enough to stand up to National Government, with resolve to deal with problems in a way that has gained respect.

Comment: Ken Livingstone has achieved much in his terms of office: firstly he struggled to be elected against his own party, but rose above itenecine party politics to represent all Londoners in attempting to deal with the major problems of a world city, particularly housing and transport. He is able to maintain a radical agenda but not at the cost of the economic vitality of London.

Comment: Ken Livingstone leads by example, as we saw in his response to the London bombings in July. His determination in solving London's transport crisis should serve as inspiration for many cities globally facing gridlock and pollution. There is a better way if we have the courage of our convictions and Ken Livingston is testament to this.

Comment: From his leadership of the GLC in the 1980s to Mayor of London in the 21st Century, Ken has always demonstrated a love for his city which motivates his actions.

Comment: Mayor Ken Livingstone is the first ever directly elected Mayor of the UK. Elected in 2000, Mayor Ken Livingstone, with the backdrop of public support defied the Prime Minister and the ruling Labour government to run as an Independent, and thus defeating the government's own candidate. He worked quickly to build on the enormous advantages and opportunities of London to build a sound infrastructure, restoring confidence in transport, policing and London's economy. With the most disadvantage at the heart of his policies he has never compromised on contraversial policies such as the introduction of London's Congestion Charge and a 50% affordable housing policy in planning applications. He has built tremendous networks and partnerships with communities, business and the public sector and won the support of the Prime Minister and the ruling Labour Government who backed down and recognised his achievements for London. In 2004 as an official Labour candidate he secured a 2nd term in office and led the City to its historic London 2012 Olympic victory. Yet one day after the announcement of that victory when the City awoke to the London terrorist bombings, he demonstrated significant leadership in enabling the City to stand united to defeat terroism. His leadership and command of the Cities infrastructure demonstrated the work that he has achieved in such a short space of time after years of neglect and underinvestment, to bring together the structures that govern and protect a City to enable all of its citizens and visitors alike to benefit and contribute to its growth and development. Thus Mayor Ken Livingstone is deserving of the award of World Mayor 2005.

Comment: God bless 'Red Ken' for riding the tube after the attacks. A mayor has to prove it to the people at the ground level-- and this one did. He really cares about the people of his city.

Comment: Despite the criticisms that Mr Livingstone gets in the press and from British citizens, he is a truly remarkable figure. A Londoner through and through, one minute at a charity fund-raising event in local Somali community, the next in a political meeting, he is firm, eloquent and serious. I respect him for his determination, and most of all for the cultural opportunities which, thanks to him, London hosts. His strength and compassion after the London bombings, were admirable, as he made clear that not only did the bombings bring Londoners together even more, but also that London will not succumb.

Mr Livingstone is quite simply my favourite Mayor across the 5 continents, and the world's finest in my humble opinion. His extraordinary achievements for the continued improvement of London is truly remarkable - be it in terms of economic growth, regional stability, and the proven success of a stable multicultural cosmopolitan community working together.

Big Up for the excellent results on new traffic congestion levels in London (who would have thought he would have been RE-ELECTED by those who have to pay £8 per DAY to get to London by car?), and of course, for London‚s EPIC success in the 2012 Olympic bid.

I firmly believe that it is now time to get him nominated on the Queen's honours list for a knighthood! We love you Ken!! Keep up the ingenious work. From a very happy Londoner.

Comment: Ken Livingstone is the world's best mayor. He is passionate, intelligent, strategic, and brave. In spite of those who care about promoting war, Livingstone celebrates and improves the lives of all the people in his city-- and promotes similar tolerant and visionary thinking for other mayors around the world.

Comment: Ken is a real Londoner, and has done a fantastic job. His stirring words on 7 July confirmed him as being completely in touch with Londoners.

Comment: The Mayor has introduced new bus fleets that have reduced waiting times and increased passenger comfort. He has improved the environment, both in terms of pollution and the appearance of the city. For example, many pavements and roads have been resurfaced, and traffic lights, signs and rails replaced, giving the city an appearance of cleanliness and modernity.

Comment: Ken Livingstone has consistently and courageously resisted harassment by groups that consider themselves special. He is a bulwark against fascism and foreign influence. He has kept alive the true values of the British Labour Party. He has made life better for Londoners.

Comment: The London Mayor has done a great job with transport in London. The network is more integrated than ever and more people are using public transport. The congestion charge is the best thing that has ever happened to London's traffic

Comment: He's got very little power due to the way our system is set up, but he's been a great figurehead - championing multiculturalism and fairness across the capital.

Comment: The Mayor is striving to make London a sustainable metropolis.

Comment: The Mayor has increased job growth and economic output of London for years.  The population has grown steadily under his tenure.  He has worked hard for London in order to secure the 2012 Olympics.

Comment: I nominate the Mayor for improving transport, reducing congestion, being popular, and doing what he believes is best for the people of London.

Each year the most outstanding mayor is presented with the World Mayor Award. In 2004 the Award was won by Edi Rama, Mayor of Tirana. Dora Bakoyannis, Mayor of Athens, is the winner of the 2005 World Mayor Award. 2005 results

• Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
• Mayor of Antananarivo, Madagascar
• Mayor of Pretoria (Tshwane), South Africa

• Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
• Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Mayor of Mississauga, Canada
• Mayor of Montreal, Canada
• Mayor of Toronto, Canada
• Mayor of Vancouver, Canada
• Mayor of Guatemala City, Guatemala
• Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico
• Mayor of Akron, USA
• Mayor of Atlanta, USA
• Mayor of Baltimore, USA
• Mayor of Charleston, USA
• Mayor of Chicago, USA
• Mayor of New York City, USA
• Mayor of San Francisco, USA
• Mayor of Seattle, USA
• Mayor of
Tinley Park, USA
• Mayor of Washington DC, USA

• Mayor of Beijing, China
• Mayor of Shanghai, China
• Mayor of Tehran, Iran
• Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan
• Mayor of Kitakyushu, Japan
• Mayor of Karachi, Pakistan
• Mayor of San Fernando, Philippines
• Mayor of Taipei, Taiwan
• Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey

• Mayor of Melbourne, Australia
• Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand

• Mayor of Innsbruck, Austria
• Mayor of Vienna, Austria
• Mayor of Grenoble, France
• Mayor of Lyon, France
• Mayor of Paris, France
• Mayor of Strasbourg, France
• Mayor of Berlin, Germany
• Mayor of Bonn, Germany
• Mayor of Düsseldorf, Germany
• Mayor of Frankfurt, Germany
• Mayor of Hannover, Germany
• Mayor of Leipzig, Germany
• Mayor of Munich, Germany
• Mayor of Stuttgart, Germany
• Mayor of Athens, Greece
• Mayor of Rhodes, Greece
• Mayor of Budapest, Hungary
• Mayor of Rome, Italy
• Mayor of Turin, Italy
• Mayor of Venice, Italy
• Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania
• Mayor of Skopje, Macedonia
• Mayor of Tilburg, Netherlands
• Mayor of Lublin, Poland
• Mayor of Ekaterinburg, Russia
• Mayor of Moscow, Russia
• Mayor of Madrid, Spain
• Mayor of Saragossa, Spain
• Mayor of Stockholm, Sweden
• Mayor of Hartlepool, UK
• Mayor of London, UK
• Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine

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