I can't hide my disappointment at being denied the right to run for Mayor of London after two years of work with a volunteer team of 40 - that was a very sad goodbye dinner as we sat for that last supper and mused over the ten or so gentlemen who sealed my fate. But onwards and upwards.
London became Europe's most congested city in 2014 with drivers spending 96 hours in traffic, according to a recent report by traffic monitoring agency Inrix. This means London has leapfrogged previous biggest loser Brussels to claim this year's gridlock gold medal.
The back-and-forth drama between politicians is unlikely to decrease anytime soon and in the current political climate, perhaps we need all the humour we can get. And who knows-picturing Cameron, Clegg and Miliband setting up their own cafeteria rules and sashaying down a hallway to Missy Elliott might be just what we all need.
Boris Johnson has raised fares astronomically and Londoners now face some of the highest fares in the world. Zac Goldsmith is another Tory cut from the same cloth as Boris Johnson - a right-winger posing as a maverick. Like Boris Johnson, Goldsmith argues against cutting fares. Labour needs a mayor who offers a clear alternative.
Boris Johnson's Mayoralty has cost London taxpayers at least £600million of wasted money because of poor decisions, ideological dogma and vanity schemes. Since first being elected as Mayor of London in 2008, Johnson has only ever been a part-time Mayor, as he has used City Hall as the launch pad for his own political ambitions.
A concerted march against Jeremy Corbyn's candidacy for leader of Labour is in full stride across the political spectrum. Right and left, neoliberal a...
Ultimately, be it Mr Khan or Mr Smith, we want a London mayor with the brains and guts to tackle the issues affecting Londoners and to ensure its progress as one of the best cities in the world.
Three things are clear. Right to buy has priced many Londoners out of the possibility of owning their own home. Government legislation forcing people in council houses on small incomes to pay market prices places many at risk: the very people social housing is supposed to support.
The fight to cut air pollution in London is literally a life and death matter. Some 9,500 Londoners die from air pollution every year - with the poorest parts of the capital worst hit by pollution. London has the highest levels of air pollution of any European capital. Air pollution affects all Londoners - from being in the dirtiest busiest thoroughfares like the Euston Road to the schools and workplaces we travel to daily. But it is London's poorest and most vulnerable that are affected most and that is simply unjust.
A world-leading metropolis like London is, of course, teeming with people from every walk of life and my campaign offered me the opportunity to make personal contact with the issues that have become prevalent in many of our communities and the people they affect.
Listening to concerns from all corners of London at the launch made me all the more certain that London needs a Mayor that has practical solutions to tackle inequality. And giving Londoners of every age, gender, faith and race a voice is a practical way to do it. That's why I'm running to be Labour's candidate for London's Mayoral election.
London is a young, diverse city, and Labour's selection process is the perfect opportunity for people from across all communities to have a say, and play a key role in selecting a candidate who best represents them.
Tessa has an exciting but achievable vision for getting London to build more homes. Her Homes for Londoners proposal would see London building again for the first time since the 1980s, starting on the Mayor's own land. This would make developments like Old Oak Common, where I have campaigned for a greater number of affordable homes, a much better deal for Londoners.
For a Mayor who under-invested to improve London's ageing infrastructure yet had no issues in investing in new vanity ideas such as the air line and the garden bridge, the approach to TfL negotiations should be expected. As he abandons the office, he does not have to deal with the consequences.
If you are a London Green Party member deciding in the next few days who to select as your Mayoral candidate for the 2016 London elections, your vote is more powerful than it has ever been.
Her ambition is as bold as her vision, reaching out for votes across London, from zone one to six. At a time when Labour is crying out for strong leadership, she is a natural leader, attracting support from all quarters and all voters.