05/09/2011

Paddick Is Lib Dem London Mayor Candidate

Brian Paddick has been formally unveiled as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London at a press conference on Monday morning.

Paddick is believed to be third in the running behind Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone for the next Mayoral race, taking place in 2012.

Paddick finished in third place in 2008, winning 9% of the public's first preference votes and 26% of the second preference votes. He was until his retirement in May 2007, Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Commenting on his selection, Brian Paddick said: "I want to thank my fellow candidates for engaging in a high standard of debate throughout the campaign. I also want to thank my excellent team without whom I would not have been selected.

"Most of all, I want to thank London Liberal Democrat members who placed their trust and confidence in me to be their candidate for Mayor of London - I won't let you down."

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Brian's experience is exactly what London needs right now. Whether dealing with the aftermath of the riots or phone hacking and corruption in the Metropolitan Police, Brian has shown in recent weeks that he has the authority and leadership that London needs.

"Brian provides Londoners with a real, credible alternative to Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone."

(DW/BMcC)

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