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Letter: Glass ceilings

YOUR ARTICLE on the design flaws coming to light in the all-glass structures favoured by some architects was most welcome ("Glass shatters architects' egos", 12 December). This will hopefully allow the Government to rethink the construction of a similar building for the Greater London Authority. Sir Norman Foster's "glass headlamp" structure will place a financial burden on Londoners, especially if maintenance costs spiral out of control, at a time when money is needed to improve our transport system and tackle poverty in inner London. I feel that a brand new building is an inappropriate symbol for the GLA. If the new authority is to make a real contribution to sustainability and urban regeneration then a far more fitting symbol would be to recycle and refurbish an existing building.

Candidates to protest at Dobson `stitch-up'

LONDON MAYOR BBC revelations prompt complaints about the selection process as a new candidate brings an unusual agenda to the contest

Letter: Emasculated mayor

Sir: I recall that the prime purpose of electing mayors for our major cities, including London, was to devolve greater power to local authorities from central government. This was to engender a new spirit of civic pride, encourage local initiatives on such matters as transport policy and increase accountability to the populations of our cities.

Letter: Too good to be mayor

Sir: In the coverage of the race for London mayor, the difficulties - financial, sexual and political - facing the candidates are described in detail. Susan Kramer, the only candidate with no such difficulties, is the only one who is rarely mentioned. Is the moral that if scandal does not exist, a candidate must create it to obtain coverage?

So much fuss over a job that has so little real power

`The London Mayor will have a budget of pounds 3.5bn as opposed to New York's mayor who has pounds 20bn'

Letter: MPs' secret voting

Sir: The letter from David S Gold (23 November) of the Conservative London Policy Unit (urging "anyone thinking of putting themselves forward" - for the position of Mayor of London - "to consider carefully whether they can meet the high standards we expect from Conservative candidates") really does take the biscuit.

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January 1997: Tony Blair includes referendum on creation of a London Mayor and Assembly in election manifesto

London Mayor: Unholy alliance begins a `Dirty War' to defeat `terrorist-friendly' Livingstone

A FORETASTE of the campaign to undermine, discredit and eventually crush Ken Livingstone emerged yesterday with savage attacks from both Labour and the Tories.
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