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Brian Paddick Is The Liberal Democrat Candidate For Mayor Of London

Openly gay candidate Brian Paddick is once again in the race to become the mayor of London in next year election.

The UK Associated Press reports:

The Liberal Democrats have selected former Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick as their candidate in next year’s London mayoral election.

Mr Paddick, who was unsuccessful in the 2008 contest, fought off competition for the candidacy from former MP Lembit Opik, outgoing London Assembly member Mike Tuffrey and former Haringey councillor Brian Haley.

He will go up against sitting Tory Mayor Boris Johnson and former Labour mayor Ken Livingstone in the 2012 election, the same line-up among the three main parties as in 2008. Mr Paddick will be hoping to improve on his showing that time around, when he failed to gain as big a vote share as either of his predecessors as Lib Dem mayoral candidate, Simon Hughes and Susan Kramer.

He was elected candidate on Friday by a narrow margin, with 1,526 votes to Mr Tuffrey’s 1,476 in the second and final round.

Read the full article via THE UK ASSOCIATED PRESS