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LONDON LABOUR PARTY AGREES TO FORMAL INTERVIEWS FOR MAYORAL CANDIDATES

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The Financial Times (p9) reports that Tony Blair is facing the prospect of civil war in the London Labour party, af...
The Financial Times (p9) reports that Tony Blair is facing the prospect of civil war in the London Labour party, after it was confirmed the leadership would stop a bid by Ken Livingstone to become the capital's mayor.

The board of the Greater London Labour party agreed by 24 votes to four last night that Labour's candidate for mayor of the capital should be subjected to a formal interview with a 'suitable scrutiny committee' before being allowed on to a shortlist.

It is widely assumed that the leadership will disqualify Mr Livingstone at that stage on the grounds that he is a critic of the party leadership.

In an article for The Independent (Review, p2), Mr Livingstone says the internal life of the Labour party has been transformed.

'Discontent has slowly rolled around the country over the selection of our candidates for the Scottish parliament, Welsh assembly and London authority, and the European parliament,' he says.
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