I need a miracle to win, says Dobson
Monday 24 April 2000
Labour's candidate for London mayor, Frank Dobson, admitted yesterday that he cannot win the 4 May election unless his independent rival, Ken Livingstone, suffers a massive drop in support.
But Mr Dobson insisted that he would "keep battling away" and had not lost hope of overturning Mr Livingstone's lead - consistently running at more than 30 per cent in opinion polls - in the last 11 days of the campaign.
He said the support registered for Mr Livingstone in the polls included an unusually high proportion of voters who were not fully committed to the former Greater London Council chief, and may change their minds or simply not turn out.
Asked about the massive lead the Brent East MP apparently commands, Mr Dobson told GMTV's Sunday Programme: "It has got to slip a long way, I agree."
But he added: "We just keep battling away. I don't think the game's up. I think a lot of the apparent support for Ken is very uncommitted and quite a lot of it won't turn out to vote, and a lot of people who say they support him have got their doubts."
Mr Dobson admitted his campaign had been hampered from the start by the con-troversy surrounding his selection as Labour candidate. "Certainly, all sorts of things went wrong during the selection campaign and that has certainly cost me dear, but there's nothing we can do about that now," he said.
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 Georgia Army veteran arrested for breaking window to save dog has charges dropped
- 4 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
Isis seizes Palmyra - live updates: Militants behead men as ancient city falls to terror group
Evany José Metzker dead: Decapitated body of Brazilian journalist and blogger investigating child prostitution ring found
Georgia Army veteran arrested for breaking window to save dog has charges dropped
The ten most unequal developed countries in the world
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Graduate UI Application Developer - ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: B2B Marketing Manager (Events, Digit...
£30 - 35k: Guru Careers: A Senior Account Manager / SAM is needed to join the ...