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MAYOR WELCOMES MOVE BY COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE TO POSTPONE LONDON DEMO

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Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, has welcomed the decision by the Countryside Alliance to postpone their march, du...
Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, has welcomed the decision by the Countryside Alliance to postpone their march, due to take place on 18 March 2001.
The mayor commented: 'I'm glad commonsense prevailed and the organisers realised the risks of bringing foot and mouth disease to central London during the period of quarantine. I was concerned not only that the march could potentially affect animals on city farms or at the zoo, but that cross-contamination could lead to transmission all over the country.
'I also urge Londoners to avoid unnecessary journeys to the countryside and assist the farming community to curb the possibility of any further spread of the disease.'
The decision follows letters from the mayor to Sir John Stevens, commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service and Richard Burge, chief executive of the Countryside Alliance, voicing his concern over the proposed march.
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