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By Tom Nuttall  

One claim repeatedly made about the mayoral election is that a defeat for Ken Livingstone would be a major blow for Gordon Brown. I don’t quite follow this. Throughout his political career, and particularly since 2000, Ken has made a virtue of his political independence—he successfully ran as an independent against the Labour candidate Frank Dobson in 2000, of course, and although he’s since returned to the Labour bosom, the imperatives of party loyalty seem to exert little hold on him. Most importantly, the mayoral election doesn’t feel like a choice between parties, it feels like a choice between candidates,…

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