Liberal Democrat Conference: Williams out of London race

BARONESS WILLIAMS ruled herself out of the race to be mayor for London.

She was "100 per cent sure" she would not run for the post of Britain's first directly elected mayor, leaving Simon Hughes, party health spokesman, favourite to win the candidacy.

The Liberal Democrats will use a one member, one vote ballot to choose their candidates for the mayoralty and the 25-seat Greater London Authority. For the mayoralty, a shortlist of five candidates will be drawn up. The elections are due to be held early in 2000.

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