U.K. lawmakers sparred on the future of political funding as a furor over the opposition Labour Party’s dependence on union money revived reform proposals ranging from donation limits to tapping taxpayers for cash.
Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate for mayor of London in next month’s election, attacked plans to allow executives from companies sponsoring the 2012 London Olympic Games to drive past other traffic in reserved “VIP lanes.”
The two leading candidates in the May 3 London mayoral election don’t bother with surnames. Boris Johnson, the Conservative incumbent, and Ken Livingstone, his Labour predecessor and challenger, are famous enough to get away with the rock-star affectation whereby first names suffice.
London Mayor Boris Johnson’s lead over his Labour challenger, Ken Livingstone, narrowed to two percentage points in the latest poll before next week’s election, reflecting a fall in support for the government.
On London’s Downing Street, home of British prime ministers and at Buckingham Palace, the flags flew at half staff today honoring the death of “a great leader,” in the words of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative successor, Prime Minister David Cameron.