"The Labour MP David Lammy has declared his interest in becoming the first black mayor of London during a trip to the US where he hopes to meet the team of the new Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio," reports Toby Helm.
"'I am thinking seriously about putting my hat into the ring to be Labour candidate for mayor in 2016,' he said. Echoing de Blazio's campaign vow to unite New York's 'two cities', he said: 'London is a great city; however, its economy works for some Londoners but not all of them. It is a tale of two cities, and I see that all the time in my own constituency. Ending that division is what animates me.'"
"Lammy laid out several policy ideas for London in a recent article in the Evening Standard, including the need to build homes on greenbelt land in outer London, and has published a detailed critique of Boris Johnson's record," adds Helm.