– Diane Abbott says she is intending to put herself forward to become Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London in 2016. The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington told ITV London she would run as a “genuinely independent candidate” who would oppose “anti-immigrant propaganda”. Ms Abbott unsuccessfully contested the Labour leadership in 2010. Tottenham MP David Lammy and ex-culture secretary Dame Tessa Jowell have also expressed an interest in the candidacy.
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