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What are the five most pressing issues London is facing?

For London to remain the greatest big city in the world it is critical that we continue cutting waste at City Hall. This will enable us to make the necessary investments in London’s transport infrastructure. It will help us create 200,000 jobs and grow local economies by investing in high streets to support small businesses.

And we can continue cutting Londoners’ council tax by putting money where it has the biggest impact, and if re-elected I will cut City Hall’s share of council tax by at least 10 per cent over the next four years.

Highest fares in the world, cost of living, housing crisis, collapse in police morale, some serious crimes on the rise.  

Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone during a radio interview

What's been your most notable achievement as mayor?

I am proud to say that I have delivered on my promises – detailed in my 2008 Manifesto Progress Report – after putting City Hall back on secure footing.

I secured over £22 billion to invest in our transport system and keep London moving forward by building Crossrail, upgrading Tube, completing London’s first orbital rail to link our suburbs, and extending the Bike Hire scheme.

Getting £5 billion from Gordon Brown to build 50,000 affordable homes with. 

How is London going to cope with the Olympics?

We have always been confident that everything will be ready for the Games. London’s transport network is responsible for transporting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Olympics and Paralympics, which is why we are working hard to ensure they run as smoothly as possible.

I think it will cope reasonably well.  I am worried about the VIP lanes making it more difficult however, and so I might allow buses and black cabs to use them.  

Ken Livingstone tries to shake Boris Johnson's hand

Name five strengths and five weaknesses of yours?

Let the voters decide.

Strengths: workaholic; vision; sense of humour; love my family; not easily stressed 
Weaknesses: losing election to Boris last time; not really interested in sport; I have accused of being too soppy about Coco, our dog; Lack of enthusiasm for shopping for new clothes; I love a fry-up, which must be bad for me. 

What's your favourite London pub?

Too many great pubs to choose from.

The Queensbury in Willesden Green.

Ken Livingstone on the campaign trail

If, as mayor, you could be granted one wish, what would it be?

To extend London’s lead as the greatest city to live and work in.

Before that, my wish would be to ensure I win the election! 

Sum up London in five words

Greatest city in the world.

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