London Mayor

Veiled Threats and Angry Letters - The Moment the Mayor's Office Snapped

Murad Qureshi | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Politics
Murad Qureshi

This latest episode in the air pollution debate signifies how politically toxic accusations against the Mayor's air pollution policies have become. Clearly, if you dare to question the Mayor's commitment to the issue you might find yourself on the receiving end of an angry letter and veiled threats...

Brand Speaks Out On Mayoral Rumours

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK

Comedian Russell Brand has ruled himself out of running for mayor of London, after reports that he was considering standing for election. The funnyman...

Asa Bennett

Boris Has Led London, Is He Ready To Lead Britain?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has his sights set on returning to Parliament, hoping to win the seat of Uxbridge. But the Mayor barely hides the fact that he wants to ...

London's Next Mayor Should Be an Activist for a More Equal London

David Robinson | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

Whoever takes over from Boris should take heart from de Blasio's victory and be bold. This is not quick-fix politics: it calls for sustained stewardship of our city and its economy. But a brave mayor could lead that conversation, challenge the orthodoxy and change not just London but the national trajectory too.

Why Boris Could Really Have His Hands Full While Still London Mayor..

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out running for Tory leader or taking up a government post while still serving as mayor of London. Joh...

Which Labour Politicians Want BoJo's Job? 7 Runners And Riders

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.09.2014 | UK Politics

Labour politicians have been angling to be the party's candidate for London Mayor now Boris Johnson is nearing the end of his term and is hoping to mo...

Boris Needs to Get Serious

Peter Kellner | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Given his undoubted charisma and his way with words, he has the potential to be a big vote winner for the Tories. But, and it is in important but, voters who regard humour and a cavalier style as an asset in a city mayor with few real powers might seek different qualities in a national leader. Last week, in an interview with the Sunday Times, he talked about how his six years as mayor had given him the administrative experience that would stand him in good stead in national politics. He has a point. But if he is to be a real vote-winner for his party on the national stage, he needs more. He needs to get serious.

Is Boris Too Big for the Team?

Richard Hytner | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Hytner

Should Boris win a safe seat, should the Tories win the next election and should Boris be gifted a Cabinet position - the first is the least dangerous of these three assumptions - will Boris commit, even for reasons of his own, to his Cabinet chums and will they commit to him? Boris has work to do. His recent cajoling of Cameron to take a harder-line stance on future negotiations with the EU can legitimately be viewed as the voice of a critical friend. Cameron can take it. However, covert criticism of Osborne, one of the more obvious contenders to succeed Cameron, will endear him neither to the Chancellor nor to others in Cameron's circle of less secure consiglieri.

How Could London's Next Mayor Do Better Than Boris? Make Our City the Best Place in the World to Grow Up

David Robinson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

George Osborne argued yesterday that other cities should have directly elected Mayors with 'clout' like Boris, to drive growth and development outside London. So what is there to learn from Boris and Ken on how to be good Mayors, and what more could their successors in London and their equivalents elsewhere do?

Eight People Who Could Be Manchester's Very Own Boris

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics

Manchester needs a mayor with the "clout" of London's Boris Johnson to drive growth and development up north, according to George Osborne. The Chan...

Osborne Reckons We Need A Boris Of The North

Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics

He is the biggest, lumbering headache lurching on the horizon for the Tory Party - but Chancellor George Osborne says he now wants more mayors with "c...

Ideas for London, by London

Christian Wolmar | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

Building a better London is not easy. But we won't move our capital forward unless we engage with those who know the most about London, and often have the biggest insight into how it can be improved: Londoners themselves.

Boris Johnson 'To Announce Parliament Bid By Summer'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson will announce by the summer he will stand for Parliament at next year’s general election, it has been reported. The Daily Mail repo...

Bob Crow - Omnitotemic in the Age of the Omnishambles...

Karl Davis | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Whether people like or loathe Bob Crow, his contribution to the industrial and political demographic cannot be diminished by partisan bias. Keep that contribution alive. Join a union. Fight for your rights as a worker deserving of respect and equity. Push for the alternative.

Boris Johnson Is A 'Phoney Charlatan Hypocrite', Says Sadiq Khan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson is "like a fast food salesman complaining that too many people are overweight", Labour's shadow London minister Sadiq Khan has said. ...

Guess How Much You Paid For Boris Johnson's Trip To China?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has come under fire after City Hall revealed that his Mayoral trade visit to China cost £65,000, in response to a Freedom of Informatio...

Boris Attacked For Tube Fare 'Stunt'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Boris Johnson has come under fire for a 'highly politicised stunt' over tube fares in London after prices for 2014 were unveiled. Public transport ...

When the Mayor Gets Blamed, Boris Gets Personal

Jenny Jones AM | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny Jones AM

Over the past week the mayor has responded to criticism of his cycling policies by suggesting cyclists are making rash decisions on the roads and by repeating a unfounded claim he made to me in October 2011 that wearing headphones whilst cycling or walking could be blamed for an increase in the numbers injured in London.

Stop Boris Fighting Fire With Cuts

Sarah Dean | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Dean

Last Friday morning, in the 10 minutes it took for me to get out of the shower, get dressed and head to the kitchen to make breakfast, my bathroom had been engulfed in flames. I was in a rush to leave the house and get to work. If I'd been quicker, I might not have been there when all the lights switched off in the flat.

'This Is Worse Than Paxman'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson was left spluttering when he was cornered about his leadership ambitions by a caller on a radio phone-in. The mayor struggled to resp...

Ned Simons

Tessa Jowell 'Thinking About' Running For London Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Politics

Former Labour culture secretary Tessa Jowell has said she is "thinking about" running for mayor of London in 2016 when Boris Johnson steps down. Sp...

'Get Stuffed'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson today told an Assembly Member to "get stuffed" after he accused the mayor of lying about the impact of cuts to the fire service. In a...

Diane Abbott Hints At London Mayor Bid

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Politics

Diane Abbott has dropped a strong hint that she may run for mayor of London once Boris Johnson's second term ends in 2016. In an interview with Pro...

Asa Bennett

'Boris's London Bus Broke EU Law'

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson could have broken European law in awarding a £428,000 contract for designing the new London Routemaster bus without publicly advertisin...

Asa Bennett

Boris Spent Over £400,000 To Design His Faulty New Bus

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson has been accused by senior London politicians of "wasting" over £400,000 of public money on designing London's new Routemaster buses. ...