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There was a rumour that the Conservative Party approached Sir John Stevens, formerly Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service. He declined to stand for the Conservatives to become their Mayoral candidate. He was an excellent candidate Sir John. A very upright, down to earth and extremely disciplined individual. Personally, I have the most utmost respect for Sir Johns Stevens. Although he would of made an excellent candidate for Mayor for London, it is regrettable that he declined the position.

If it is true that Brian Paddick, former DAC in the Met Police was approached by the Conservative Party, then he declined to join the Tories. We should refrain from make outright criticism of him. Particularly if he were to have accepted, we would be praising him, but now he has declined. Let us refrain from attacking Brian personally.

Let us critique the Lib Dem policies for London rather than personal attacks on someone's individuality.




Whether the Tories did approach him isn't really the point - I'm pretty sure Paddick didn't announce his political allegiance until he quit his police job anyway. But what this does demonstrate his how he's going to fight this thing - "I'm a nice guy, and I'm not Conservative or Labour". I wonder if he'll actually do anything that isn't just causing annoyance for everyone else.



Moral minority

Paddick must give details of how, and by whom when he was approached on behalf of the Party. Without such information, Paddick's allegation cannot be taken seriously. I fear that it might have been another attempt to field a joint candidate with the Lib Dems. If so, heads must roll.

Dick Wishart

Perhaps he was smoking something at the time!

Henry Rogers

Let's have the whole story. Either Paddick is telling the truth or else he is not. I'd like to know either way. I've nothing against Paddick (as a politician) himself, or necessarily against anyone who might have wanted to head-hunt him, I'd just like to know. Meanwhile I'd so like to see Boris getting his campaign into gear. He won't stand a chance if he doesn't get moving soon.

Edison Smith

I'm surprised if the Tories did approach him. If they did, I'm glad he turned them down. He's rather an odd chap

Mr Angry

Who cares? It really doesn't matter who did or didn't talk to Paddick in the past. What matters is that it is the LibDems who have picked him and he will take votes from Livingstone and in doing so has given us all the more chance to get our candidate elected. Let's get on with it.


I agree Mr Angry, the left vote will be split but we will only get Boris elected if Boris actaully starts to show some interest in becoming Mayor of London!

Gordon Hetherington

Paddick describes Sir Ian Blair an ‘ally of the Labour party’ and suggests, somewhat unbelievably, that the Met Commissioner allowed ‘Vote Labour’ to be painted on the side of a police vehicle.

The reason why this was done as I recall was a decoy, in event of a terrorist attack the vehicle with the PM on board would not be able to be distinguished from the police vehicle which was identical in model and colour.

I think Mr Paddick should get his facts right before speaking on this issue.

Machiavelli's Understudy

Mischief-making I think not... How so? If he was approached and he turned us down, why should he not make mention of it?

A shame that he didn't join us- I think he's had some excellent an open-minded ideas that some of our less credible and tiresome soapboxers could benefit from.

In the absence of a Conservative candidate running a mayoral campaign, I'm receptive to his candidacy.


"We should refrain from make outright criticism of him. Particularly if he were to have accepted, we would be praising him"

No Mash, many of us wouldn't. He was a poor Copper, weak on drugs and openly using his position to grandstand for his social agenda.

Coppers aren't meant to be political but he was and I for one wouldn't lift a finger to help him, let him stay with the yellow filth

If our Party did approach him shame on all involved - it betrays the voters to blur party lines like this, how do we give people choice if try for joint candidates?


Brian Paddick's successful achievements and raise through the structure to earn the position of Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the largest police service in the United Kingdom and arguably the largest employer in London, is a credit to him. I respect him for his enormous police experience and contribution as policeman. Furthermore, this is a man who is articulate, educating himself at Oxbridge. He has worked throughout London, relating to people from all the rich cultural and faith traditions which make up this city. As a senior officer from the LGBT community, he is certainly a positive role model to potential recruits and present LGBT police officers throughout British policing. I personally am proud of his enormous achievements and have made this to him publicly. Of course, there may be sensitive areas which myself and Brian may indeed disagree politically, however, we both want to see a police service that reflect London. In addition, he has made a commitment to retain the Freedom Pass for not only elderly people, but those that are registered with physical and mental impairments. I hope Boris will also make similar commitments. Additionally, Brian has a great deal of strategic experience having served as the lead for disabled people and those experiencing mental health difficulties in the police service. This meant ensuring the police dealt with and responded adequently to the needs of people with physical and mental impairments. This is very important. Particularly, when London has a very large disabled community.

On the other hand, two have two other candidates who are still to set out their plans regarding the future of Freedom Pass and other important issues affecting Londoners.



Sarf Lunnon

Anybody who imagines we would want Paddick within 100 miles of the Conservative Party has never had any dealings with him. I've got some lovely quotes from him in 2001 when he was Borough Commander which I will relish repeating at the right time. And as for the Lambeth crime stats in his day.....!

James Kerr

First real poll. You Gov. Sample of 1,039:

Livingstone 45%
Johnson 39%
Paddick 8%


London Poll Says Livingstone Leads, Transportation Is Top Issue

By Brian Lysaght

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- London Mayor Ken Livingstone leads challenger Boris Johnson, and public transportation and policing are among the top issues for voters in next year's city elections, according to a YouGov poll released today.

Livingstone, who is seeking his third four-year term, had 53 percent to 47 percent for Johnson, a Conservative member of Parliament, according to the poll of 1,039 voters commissioned by the London Policy Institute research group.

``The result says to me that it's a very close contest because there's only six percentage points between them,'' said James Morris, director of the institute, in an interview. ``We think policy issues not personality will secure the votes.''

A quarter of the city's electorate is undecided on a candidate in the May 1 election, the survey showed. The top three issues are transportation, health services and policing. In addition to Livingstone, 62, and Johnson, 43, Brian Paddick, 49, a 30-year veteran of the city's Metropolitan Police, announced his candidacy last week.

In a three-way race using a so-called first-preference vote, Livingstone scored 45 percent, Johnson 39 percent and Paddick 8 percent, the survey showed.

Transportation was a significant issue for 82 percent of those polled, followed by health services at 80 percent and policing at 79 percent, according to the poll. The mayor has little power over health services, which are controlled by the U.K. government-run National Health Service.

The survey also showed that 78 percent of people cited local property tax levels as important, followed by protection from terrorism at 74 percent.

More than half -- 51 percent -- said that preparation for the 2012 Olympics wasn't a significant issue. The congestion charge, Livingstone's policy of making drivers pay a daily fee to enter the central city, isn't a significant issue for 44 percent of those polled, according to the survey.

The Internet poll was conducted Nov. 7-8. The margin of error wasn't disclosed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Lysaght in London at [email protected] .

Last Updated: November 19, 2007 03:23 EST

Jane Harding

Why doesn't Boris get out there campaigning like Paddick?

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