News Boris Johnson's term as Mayor of London runs out in 2016

Mayor of London’s comment come after protracted speculation he is plotting a return to Westminster at the next election

Johann Hari: It's the policies that count – and that means Londoners should vote for Ken Livingstone

Are we becoming an Attention Deficit Democracy, where we are swayed by shiny objects and empty images rather than – crazy idea! – the policies that affect our lives? When Londoners stream into the polling booths tomorrow, they won't just be picking between Boris and Ken. They will be picking between two different ways of doing politics.

How Boris ditched the jokes and became a serious threat to Ken

The Tory candidate has refused to play the fool - and the strategy appears to be paying off, says Andrew Grice

Hoey on defensive over Johnson role

The Labour MP and former sports minister Kate Hoey will work for Boris Johnson if the Tory unseats Ken Livingstone to become London's Mayor in Thursday's election, his campaign officials announced today.

A question of what might have been for candidate who turned down Tories

As the representative of the third party, Brian Paddick has struggled to make his voice heard

Leading article: The contest is local, the significance national

Most mayoral elections tend to be parochial affairs, focusing on issues of only marginal relevance to the rest of the country. But Thursday's vote to decide the outcome of the London mayoral contest will be a political event of truly national importance.

Contest that pits city against the suburbs

The mayoral election has revealed London to be a divided city, with support for Labour concentrated in the inner London boroughs and the Conservatives dominating the suburbs.

Metronet nearer exit from administration

Metronet has lurched a step closer to exiting from administration after it cancelled a major contract to upgrade the signalling systems on nearly a third of the London Underground network.

'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

Brown backs Livingstone and ends feud

One of the longest feuds in British politics ended yesterday when Gordon Brown endorsed Ken Livingstone's bid to be re-elected as Mayor of London.

Livingstone aide Jasper quits after email claims

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone accepted the resignation of senior aide Lee Jasper today.

Andrew Gilligan: My war with Ken Livingstone

Four years after Lord Hutton publicly castigated Andrew Gilligan for his flawed reporting methods, the journalist is again in the spotlight having locked horns with the Mayor of London. He tells Ian Burrell how he has rebuilt his career

Mark Steel: I'm starting to feel sorry for Ken Livingstone

If anyone wonders how you become an investigative journalist, there are now unprecedented openings in London. All you do is follow Ken Livingstone for a couple of hours, then demand a full public inquiry about something he did, such as buy an apple, and send it into the London Evening Standard.

Suspended Livingstone aide vows to clear name

Lee Jasper, one of London Mayor Ken Livingstone's closest aides, was suspended today as he vowed to clear his name over allegations of misuse of public funds.

Stephen Lawrence centre attacked by vandals

An architectural centre built in honour of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence was vandalised last night, only one week after it opened, police said.

Melanie McDonagh: If Ken likes a drop before elevenses, I'm on his side

He's got a nerve. The Prime Minister has let it be known he is worried that Ken Livingstone might lose the London mayoral election on account of his drinking habits. Apparently Livingstone pitched up at Davos at the World Economic Forum "under the influence of alcohol". Gordon Brown, it was reported yesterday, now frets that if Labour loses the mayoral election, the blame will be attributed to him, not to Ken.

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