An Audience with Ken Livingstone
Former MP and London Mayor, Ken Livingstone has had an extraordinary political career. As a fervent left winger he came under heavy scrutiny from the mainstream media in the 1980s when they dubbed him ‘Red Ken’.
He clashed bitterly with Margaret Thatcher who responded by abolishing the Greater London Council and putting Livingstone out of a job. He turned first to a Parliamentary career, becoming MP for Brent and then in 2000 became the first elected Mayor of London.
He garnered widespread public praise for upgrading the London transport system, introducing the congestion charge, the Oyster card and introducing bus and cycle lanes. He also oversaw the bid that led to the 2012 Summer Olympics. He stood unsuccessfully as Labour Party candidate in two subsequent London mayoral elections, losing both times to Conservative candidate Boris Johnson.
A polarising figure in British politics for more than 30 years, Livingstone is the author of two autobiographies If Voting Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It (1987) and You Can’t Say That (2012).
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 19:45
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins including a 15 min interval