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Diane Abbott to make London mayor bid

Veteran leftwinger Diane Abbott has confirmed that she is a contender to become Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington said that she would run as a “genuinely independent candidate” while standing up to “anti-immigrant propaganda”.

“A great many people have been pressing me for some time to throw my hat in the ring and in the end I decided that because London needs a genuinely independent candidate, London needs a candidate that will fight to make London more affordable for ordinary Londoners,” she told ITV London.

“I also think London needs a voice that will stand up against some of the anti-immigrant propaganda that we’re hearing.”

Diane Abbott said that she would run as a ‘genuinely independent candidate’ in the London mayoral race.

Ms Abbott – who unsuccessfully contested the Labour leadership in 2010 – joins Tottenham MP David Lammy and transport expert Christian Wolmar in declaring her intention to seek the Labour nomination for the mayoral election in 2016.

Former culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell has also indicated that she intends to throw her hat into the ring.

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