Mayor of Paris joins Ken Livingstone on campaign trail

The Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, joined Ken Livingstone on the campaign trail in London today in support of his bid to be re-elected Mayor of London on 1 May.

Mayor Delanoe was re-elected Mayor of in Paris last month, and his decision to join Ken Livingstone on the stump shows the high regard in which London’s Mayor is held by leaders of other key cities throughout the world - and underlines the importance of the Mayoral election for London’s standing internationally.

Ken Livingstone’s campaign said:
“London’s international status is key to its economic success, and it can only be maintained by taking the right decisions in the interests of London.”

The Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, joined Ken Livingstone and the Labour Movement for Europe (London & South East) campaigning in Islington today and then held a joint press conference, where Mayor Delanoë said that close cooperation between big European cities was strengthening all of them - and that Ken Livingstone should stay in that team to ensure this continues. He said: ‘London would be weaker if it were to be isolated'. He also said it would be dangerous for Europe if London had mayor supported by the far right:

Mayor Delanoë said today:

‘It is important for Europe that London should maintain its position as a leader working with European cities. London is a city that has made a great deal of progress since Ken Livingstone was elected.

‘Elections are about real issues around values and convictions

‘In terms of economy London has a spirit of healthy economic attractiveness that it is helping us all move forward.

‘I have seen that with Ken as Mayor London has made great strides forward. We have got together as Mayors of world cities to ensure we tackle climate change. Ken has made a great commitment to this. I have learned from London about the impact of solidarity when dealing with the homeless.



‘With our friends we have formed a strong team of Mayors - we need Ken to stay in that team to ensure this progress continues.

‘The cities of the 21st century are cities of great diversity in their population. As with myself, Ken believes it is necessary to bring all people together and ensure we benefit from the richness of all their contributions.

‘It would be dangerous for Europe if London had a Mayor who had been supported by the far right.

‘London would also be weaker if it were to be isolated. I think London needs a serious Mayor - because it is a very serious job.'

In the last week the London election, Mayor Delanoe’s backing for the re-election of Ken Livingstone was echoed by other Mayors from around the world.

In the last week the London election, Mayor Delanoe’s backing for the re-election of Ken Livingstone was echoed by other Mayors from around the world.


Mayor Klaus Wowereit, City of Berlin, said:
“It has been a great pleasure to work with you to build ties of friendship between Berlin and London and this has been of great value for the citizens of both of our cities.

“Your leadership, both, in breaking new ground with radical policies to improve public transport and protect the environment in London and your openness to ideas from cities, like my own, facing similar issues has marked you out as a great ambassador for London internationally. I am glad that we have been able to count one another as true friends. I look forward working with you for many years to come.”


Mayor Gavin Newson, City of San Francisco said:
“London has a great leader in Ken Livingstone. His willingness to take brave, forward looking decisions – such as to tackle congestion – have provided hope and inspiration to city leaders around the world. It was Ken’s drive and leadership that made it possible for 40 of the world’s largest cities to come together in the C40 to tackle climate change, something that would have been unthinkable otherwise. It has also been a pleasure to work with a fellow Mayor who puts into practice in his city the values of tolerance and celebrating diversity that I am so proud to represent in San Francisco.”



Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto said:
“It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Mayor Ken Livingstone, the inspiring founder and leader of the C40 Climate Group of major international cities. His vision and commitment have established London as a global leader in the fight against climate change and demonstrate how cities like ours can drive progress to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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