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LIVINGSTONE LAUNCHES HIS MANIFESTO FOR LONDON MAYOR

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Ken Livingstone vowed to take on ministers over transport and regeneration funds when he published his manifesto fo...
Ken Livingstone vowed to take on ministers over transport and regeneration funds when he published his manifesto for London mayor yesterday, reports The Financial Times (p8).

Business groups said they welcomed the inclusive language of the manifesto and Mr Livingstone's promise to work with them, although they disagreed with parts of his transport agenda.

He promised to consult on a congestion charging scheme to cover 'a small zone of central London' but reiterated his plan to introduce the new tax mid-way through his term.

Meanwhile, the government yesterday said it would continue to subsidise London Underground after its part-privatisation if necessary. Environment secretary John Prescott told MPs on the transport select committee he would consider making up the estimated shortfall - of between£95m and£262m a year- but said he would not be tied to any figures.
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