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Here is a statistic to add colour to Boris Johnson’s cheeks and drain it from Ken Livingstone’s. One in five people who would vote Labour in a general election plan to vote for Boris for mayor. It is this group that will decide the outcome of the contest in May 2012. If they stick with Boris, he will win a second term. But if enough of them return “home,” Ken will take back the crown he lost in 2008.

In principle, next year’s election should be a shoo-in for Ken. There are two reasons why. The first is that London…

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