Seven candidates nominated to become Mayor of London


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Seven candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the May 3 fight to be mayor of London, it was announced today.

Contenders include incumbent Tory Boris Johnson, Labour former mayor Ken Livingstone and Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick, ex-Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner.

All three stood in the 2008 election when Mr Johnson narrowly ousted Mr Livingstone after eight years in office.

The Green candidate is the party's London Assembly group leader Jenny Jones.

Standing for Ukip under the slogan of "fresh choice for London" is Lawrence Webb, its former chairman in the capital.

The British National Party is fielding Carlos Cortiglia, described on the BNP's website as "born in Uruguay of Italian and Spanish ancestry".

Also standing is former senior civil servant and independent Siobhan Benita.

The full list:

* Boris Johnson (C)

* Ken Livingstone Lab)

* Brian Paddick (LD)

* Jenny Jones (Green)

* Carlos Cortiglia (BNP)

* Siobhan Benita (Ind)

* Lawrence Webb (Ukip)