1. Exquisite Tweets from @fletchersimon, @CathyAshley

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    Ken Livingstone has been the outstanding public servant of London, leading citywide government twice in two separate decades

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    He is one of the most skilled and effective political administrators of his generation, of any political shade.

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    He is also, so far, the Labour left figure of his and subsequent generations who has translated those politics into winning and holding senior office and running a major layer of government.

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    Most importantly he has delivered progressive and serious reforms for millions, often against the grain. His positive impact can be found in all parts of London.

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    Fares Fair at the GLC; fighting for equality in the hostile 80s environment; twice-elected mayor;

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    London Overground; Crossrail; bidding to host the 2012 Olympics;

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    Record police numbers & a neighbourhood police team in every ward; working to hold London together after 7/7;

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    The congestion charge; the Oyster card; massive expansion of cycling; a renaissance of the bus service; introduction of the Low Emission Zone; licensing of minicabs;

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    The first civil partnerships in Britain; celebration of London’s diverse communities and festivals; transformed public spaces from Trafalgar Square to Nelson Mandela on Parliament Square;

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    Securing greater housing and planning powers for London government;

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    Indeed Ken can be credited with cementing the mayoralty itself as a established layer of government for London

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    Few in our lifetimes have made such an extraordinary contribution to London.

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    Simon Fletcher

    Today was a very sad day. But Ken did the right thing.

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  2. You've forgotten to mention the regular insulting and worse of the Jewish community? It's part of his legacy, just as the good stuff is -& i recognise the +ves- for it opened the gates within the Party to open expressions of anti-Semitism & Holocaust revisionism or even denial

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