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Ken Livingstone pays tribute to Bob Crow

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has paid tribute to RMT union leader Bob Crow, who has died suddenly:


Ken Livingstone on Crow: "His members are one of the few groups of working class people who have still got well paid jobs..." @itvlondon

CBT: Heroes and villains of the last 50 years of railways

Today, protests will be staged across the country against cost-cutting on the railways.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) picked out three villains and three heroes of the last 50 years of the railways.

The villains were:

Dr Richard Beeching; author of the report which led to the axing of many railway stations and train routes.

Tom Fraser, minister for transport for 1964-65 for ensuring the cuts went ahead.

Sir Alfred Sherman, co-founder of Centre for Policy Studies, "for actively promoting converting railways to roads".

Sir Alfred Sherman in 1987 Credit: PA/PA Archive

The Heroes were:

Barbara Castle, transport minister from 1965 to 1968, for giving large urban areas control of their rail systems.

Barbara Castle in 1969 Credit: PA/PA Archive

Peter Parker, British Rail chairman 1977 to 1983, for restoring the reputation and pride of the railways.

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone and current Mayor Boris Johnson "for showing how investment and locally-responsive management can transform rail services".

Boris Johnson talks to Ken Livingstone (left) last year Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire


Ken Livingstone: Chavez 'was a friend and comrade'

The former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has called Hugo Chavez "a friend and comrade":


K: Hugo Chavez showed there is an alternative to neo-liberalism and colonialism in Venezuela and worldwide. He was a friend & comrade #RIP


K: The best tribute for Hugo Chavez is to redouble our efforts for a world free of exploitation and colonialism #RIP


Boris and Ken neck and neck in London mayoral race

The results so far Credit: ITV News

The race for the London mayoral election is still very close, with the Conservative candidate Boris Johnson ahead of Labour's Ken Livingstone by just four percentage points.

Voting is now complete in all but four of the 14 London constituencies.

There is full coverage of the race on our ITV London site.

The race for London Mayor isn't over

by - Former Political Correspondent

Tony Travers, a local government expert from the London School if Economics, says it's looking even closer for the mayoral election.

In the previous run-offs, second preference votes haven't altered the outcome. Mr Travers thinks this time round they could.

If Siobhan Benita has taken votes from Ken Livingstone, Ken could win her second votes.

The race isn't over yet.

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