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GOVERNMENT URGED TO GIVE LONDON MAYOR REAL POWER

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The government should be feeling proud because the Bill to let London rule itself begins its journey through parlia...
The government should be feeling proud because the Bill to let London rule itself begins its journey through parliament today, claims a Guardian editorial (p17).

But the newspaper has two misgivings. First the Bill assigns 115 powers to John Prescott, deputy prime minister, rather than the new mayor. '...what kind of pup are Londoners being sold here?' asks the newspaper.

And second, it gives the government the justification to interfere from the centre because the mayor's policies will be affecting the thousands who commute into the capital from surrounding areas.

Finally, it questions how effective the mayor will be in the end if Labour is trying to discourage some of its more experienced candidates like Ken Livingstone.
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