Ken Livingstone has announced that Val Shawcross AM will be his running mate and nominee for Deputy Mayor in the London elections in May 2012.
I have known Val since she led Labour to victory in Croydon, overturning many decades of unbroken Tory control. We were both elected to the London Assembly in 2000 and, when I became the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, she became the first Chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. She has real and serious experience and her record in Croydon and LFEPA was outstanding. She will – I am sure – make a superb Deputy Mayor.