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Why Tessa Jowell is Labour’s best choice for London Mayor

The former Olympics minister scores best among non-Labour voters

By Peter Kellner  

Tessa Jowell (left) commands broad, cross-party support. © Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London should be a shoo-in next year. London is now a Labour city, and, relative to the rest of Britain, getting more so. However, things aren’t that simple: if they were, Boris Johnson would not have been elected Mayor twice, in 2008 and 2012.

Let’s start with the underlying arithmetic. In terms of the Britain-wide popular vote, the Conservative victories…

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