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Literary Festival 2013: A Life in Politics – leading London from the left

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Speaker(s): Ken Livingstone
Chair: Tony Travers

Recorded on 28 February 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Ken Livingstone has for almost 40 years been a controversial but highly effective politician who has dominated London politics. He championed low fares for public transport, fought the abolition of the GLC, defeated Labour to become mayor of London in 2000, re-joined Labour and then presided over eight years of pro-development, market-led policy in the capital. He has brought a distinctive point of view to many issues, always dividing opinion. He has continued his life in politics, having been elected to Labour’s NEC and maintaining a commentary on public policy.

Ken Livingstone is author of You Can’t Say That: Memoirs, published by Faber.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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