'Labour's selection committee could not decide whether Ken Livingstone was loyal enough to stand as the Labour candidate on Tuesday. Now Labour seems to find him a suitable candidate. Is this because Mr Livingstone has forsaken his principles to get on the short-list or because 'yes-man' Dobson has threatened to leave the race? Either way, these are not suitable criteria for choosing a successful and competent candidate.
'Labour talk about believing in democracy yet their selection procedure is completely rigged to allow one of Tony's cronies to get the job. It is clear that Tony Blair does not trust his own party members to vote for their choice of London Mayor. This is in sharp contrast to our party's procedure, under which every member in London was given the chance to choose their mayoral candidate. Conservatives are not scared of giving members a proper say.
'When Tony Blair says he wants to give power to the people, he means his people, his cronies, his candidates. The prime minister is all in favour of directly-elected mayors, provided he can elect them himself.
'Tony Blair makes high-flown speeches about democracy but in reality, he is a control freak- once again, he says one thing and does another. This farcical process shows that the Labour Party has puts its own internal politics first and the needs of London second. London deserves better'