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The Labour leader Ed Miliband has denied claims he's being too slow to appoint a candidate for the next race to be London Mayor. ITV London news has learned that some party members are frustrated that the contest is still wide open, believing it could have an impact on Labour's chances.
Our political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.
Ed Miliband has said tackling the cost of living crisis should be the number one priority for any politician in London.
The Labour leader said the "cost of living crisis" was massive for people across the capital, insisting they need a government to stand up for them and not the "privileged few".
Speaking to ITV London, Mr Miliband said Labour were already planning to tackle the cost of living by "abolishing the bedroom tax, tackling energy bills and strengthening the national minimum wage".
Labour leader Ed Miliband has described Boris Johnson as a "good showman but not a very good mayor".
Speaking to ITV London, Mr Miliband said that while the London Mayor was a "fun guy" it was not enough to be a good Mayor.
However, the Labour leader insisted comedian Eddie Izzard - who has announced his intention to stand as London Mayor - was welcome to stand for Labour in the 2020 contest.
After being egged during a visit to Walworth, Ed Miliband sought to make light of the incident.
"This is not the first time it's happened to me, I'm sure it's not the last," he said. "I'm always looking for new ways to connect with the voters."
Londoners will be able to vote in American presidential-style primaries to choose Labour's next candidate for mayor.
Party members and people who register as Labour supporters can have their say.
The change announced today by Ed Miliband reduces the impact of trade unions on the selection of candidates.
The details now from our Political Correspondent Simon Harris
Labour's former deputy leader John Prescott has welcomed Ed Miliband's proposals to change the party's relationship with the trade unions.
Mr Prescott compared is proposals to the dramatic moves to introduce "one-member one-vote" (Omov) elections for the party leader under John Smith and end the Clause 4 commitment to nationalisation under Mr Blair.
Labour leader Ed Miliband announced he has appointed former Labour general secretary and union official Lord (Ray) Collins of Highbury to lead work on the introduction of a new system, which will consider an open primary process for the London mayoral candidate selection.
Lord Collins will also consider how the proposals could be spread to other parts of the country.
- Under Mr Miliband's proposals, any Londoner registering as a Labour supporter will be eligible to vote in the ballot to choose a candidate to replace Boris Johnson in 2016.
- A new code of conduct will be drawn up to cover all applicants to be Labour parliamentary candidates.
Ed Miliband has set out a series of reforms designed to reshape Labour's relationship with the trade unions and end the "machine politics" behind the alleged ballot-rigging controversy in Falkirk.
In changes which could provoke a major clash with the union bosses who bankroll his party, Mr Miliband said he would reform the system of affiliating union members to Labour.
He also said he would introduce a code of conduct for would-be election candidates and introduce open primary elections for Labour's next candidate for London Mayor.