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How would the mayor involve Londoners in the life of their city?

Candidates for the forthcoming London mayoral election in June, Simon Hughes MP, Darren Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Steve Norris and Ram Gidoomal, will speak on how they, as mayor, would involve Londoners in the life of their city in a debate jointly hosted by the London Civic Forum and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 18 May.

This debate will see the candidates explain how they would create a thriving civil society in London, raise awareness of how London works and include the views of diverse Londoners in policy making. This event will also include a chance for those attending to put their questions to the candidates in a extensive question and answer session.

Professor Jude Howell, director of the Centre for Civil Society at LSE, will act as discussant with Sean Baine, London Civic Forum, chairing the debate.

  • Simon Hughes is the Liberal Democrat candidate for mayor and member of Parliament for the London constituency of Southwark.
  • Darren Johnson is running as the Green Party's candidate for mayor. He is currently leader of the Green Party Group in the London Assembly.
  • Ken Livingstone is standing as the Labour candidate for mayor. He was previously elected mayor of London as an Independent, on 4 May 2000.
  • Steve Norris is the Conservative candidate for mayor. He was previously a Conservative MP and minister for transport in London.
  • Ram Gidoomal is the Christian People's Alliance mayoral candidate. He is a board member of the Covent Garden Market Authority, the London First Centre and a freeman of the City of London.

Mayoral Election Debate: promoting civil society is on Tuesday 18 May at 7pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required.


  • Members of the press: to request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk


This event is organized by the London Civic Forum and LSE Centre for Civil Society.

London Civic Forum
Launched in September 2000 with the aims of strengthening the role of civil society and encouraging participation, the London Civic Forum represents over 1,000 organisations from the private sector, public institutions, voluntary and community organisations, faith groups and minority communities. The London Civic Forum strives to ensure that all Londoners are given a voice and a vote in the issues that affect them and seeks to encourage and facilitate partnerships and communication between different organisations and across sectors, on a non-partisan basis. F. 

LSE's Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is a leading, international organisation for research, analysis, debate and learning about civil society. It is based within the Department of Social Policy at LSE.

11 May 2004