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Sir: Having read Ken Livingstone's article "The truth about the Blair mayor project and how it is helping Frank Dobson" (15 December), I am deeply concerned about the apparent unfairness and breach of democratic rules over the choice of Labour's candidates.

Comment: The truth about the Blair mayor project and how it is helping Frank Dobson

MONDAY'S Panorama programme "The Blair Mayor Project" was a devastating expose of the campaign to prevent Labour Party members in London from selecting a candidate of their choice for mayor on a level playing field. Indeed, one of the most revealing interviews of the whole 40 minutes was with my old GLC colleague and fellow Brent MP, Paul Boateng, a Home Office minister and now a firm supporter of Frank Dobson. "Politics is about making sure that you have the right processes to arrive at the result that enables you to do a job of work," argued Paul.

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Sir: I have been reading with ever increasing incredulity your reporting on the topic of women who are victims of violent men.

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I don't think I've ever been in a relationship with a man in which he hasn't raised his fists to me.

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TONY BLAIR would muzzle Ken Livingstone if he becomes the party's candidate for Mayor of London by forcing him to run on a New Labour programme.

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TWO DESCRIBE themselves as socialists, two are called Ken. All of them claim they're not Millbank clones.

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Leading Article: The race for London's mayor has descended into farce

THE PANTO season may be approaching but that is no excuse for the farcical state into which the race to become first mayor of London is descending. The decision by the leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party to enter the fray - on behalf of his ginger tom-cat - should be a light-hearted episode in an otherwise serious contest between candidates of the highest calibre for a powerful job. The Loony candidate is fast emerging, however, as one of the more credible of the runners, and his entry reminds us that this race evokes feelings of despair as well as amusement.
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