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Even when Ken Livingstone made a good gag, Boris Johnson managed to trump him. In the end, even the incumbent had to smile.

Brian Paddick: Truth, lies and happy pills

The first openly gay senior policeman, aka the 'Cannabis Cop', here reveals that after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, he suffered severe depression. Now the Lib Dem is in the final straight of the race to be Mayor of London

Mary Dejevsky: The people are waiting. So where are the politicians?

How often in the past three months have we looked enviously across the Atlantic and asked why it is that we can't do grass-roots politics with the same healthy verve and populism that distinguishes the United States in a presidential election year? Hillary and Barack may have made 2008 a vintage primary season, but every US presidential contest has its rousing town-hall meetings, its lawn posters, its corny lapel buttons and its spectacular school-gym balloon drops.

Brian Paddick: It's time to move hardworking 'illegals' into society

Recent immigration has created a mass underclass of illegal workers who lack any employment rights, citizen rights or access to public services. It is estimated that the losses to the Exchequer from unpaid tax and NI contributions from people working clandestinely is as much as £3.3bn. It is for these reasons that the Liberal Democrats have proposed an earned route to citizenship for those illegal immigrants who have been in this country for 10 years or more.

Mayoral candidates unite in call for illegal immigration amnesty

Today, all four major candidates in London's mayoral election join religious and business leaders in proposing a radical solution for illegal immigrants

Labour asks for Lib Dem help to beat Johnson

Labour is trying to forge an informal "Lib-Lab pact" to head off the prospect of a victory by the Tory candidate Boris Johnson over Ken Livingstone in the election for London mayor.

Pandora: PA problems bug Tony Blair

The secret paranoia of former statesmen. The former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson memorably told two journalists: "I see myself as a big fat spider in the corner of the room. Sometimes I speak when I'm asleep. You should both listen. Occasionally when we meet, I might tell you to go to the Charing Cross Road and kick a blind man standing on the corner. That blind man may tell you something, lead you somewhere."

Alan Watkins: The PM should cosy up to the Lib Dems

The race for London mayor is close and Labour's future, as well as Ken Livingstone's, is hanging on the voters' second preferences

Editor-At-Large: The bonkathon for Mayor is an insult to struggling parents

The press rakes over the affairs of Ken, Boris and Brian, but with little of the censure dished out to Shannon's mother Karen

Who's who in the race for City Hall

In just over three weeks, Londoners choose their next mayor. Jonathan Owen profiles the leading candidates and their policies

Boris: I will sweep out Ken's 'Marxist cabal'

Boris Johnson pledged yesterday to sweep away the "superannuated Marxist cabal" installed at City Hall by Ken Livingstone, as he launched his campaign to become Mayor of London.

'I'm a polymorphous pervert': Boris and his mayoral rivals make their case for the gay vote

Johann Hari meets the trio vying to become London's supremo

Business leaders back Johnson despite growing 'buffoon' factor

Business people want Boris Johnson to win the race to become Mayor of London but believe Ken Livingstone will secure a third term, according to a ComRes survey of 100 City bosses.

London calling: Brian Paddick's London home

In his last flat, Brian Paddick was besieged by the media. Now the mayoral candidate has moved onwards – and upwards – to some rooms with a view

Mayoral contenders paint themselves as rebels

The three main candidates for London Mayor all posed as anti-establishment rebels yesterday as they sought to tap into public hostility towards party politics when launching their campaigns.

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