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Early life Childhood and young adulthood: After the war the couple moved in with Ethel's aggressive mother, Zona Ann Williamswhom Livingstone considered "tyrannical". Leonard's Primary School, and after failing his plus exam, in began secondary education at Tulse Hill Comprehensive School.
He related that he became "an argumentative cocky little brat" at home, bringing up topics at the dinner table to enrage his father. He started work rather than stay on for the non-compulsory sixth formwhich required six O-levels. Interested in the region's wildlife, Livingstone rescued an infant ostrich from being eaten, donating it to the Lagos children's zoo.
I was immediately passed round and consumed. Associating with the leftist Schools' Action Union SAU founded in the wake of the student protests, he encouraged members of the Brixton branch of the Black Panthers to join Labour.
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We introduced the provision of free contraception for anyone who lived or worked in the borough. When Mrs Thatcher then Education Secretary made it illegal for Education Authorities to give children free school milk, Lambeth — which was not an education authority — stepped in to continue paying for the service.
Focusing on campaigning for the marginal seats in the south of the borough, the safe Labour seats in the north were left to established party members. Public dissatisfaction with the Conservative government of Prime Minister Edward Heath led to Labour's best local government results since the s; Labour leftists gained every marginal seat in Lambeth, and the borough returned to Labour control.
He increased the number of compulsory purchase orders for private-rented properties, converting them to council housing. Although never adopting MarxismLivingstone became involved with a number of Trotskyist groups active within Labour; viewing them as potential allies, he became friends with Chris KnightGraham Bash and Keith Veness, members of the Socialist Charter, a Trotskyist cell affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist League that had infiltrated the Labour party.
In the GLC electionshe won the seat with 11, votes, a firm lead over his Conservative rival. Learning that the council had pursued a racist policy of allocating the best housing to white working-class families, Livingstone went public with the evidence, which was published in the South London Press.
Frustrated at the council's failure to achieve this, he resigned from the Housing Committee in December Like most Board members, Livingstone opposed cinematic censorship, a view he changed with the increasing availability of violent pornography. Accused of being a " carpetbagger ", it ensured he was one of the few leftist Labour councillors to remain on the GLC, which fell into Conservative hands under Horace Cutler.
Criticised by some senior colleagues as incompetent and excessively ambitious, some accused him of encouraging leftists to move into the borough's council housing to increase his local support base.
Producing a sporadically published paper, Socialist Organiser, as a mouthpiece for Livingstone's views,  it criticised Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan as "anti-working class". Livingstone backed the strikers, urging Camden Council to grant their demands, eventually getting his way.
District auditor Ian Pickwell, a government-appointed accountant who monitored council finances, claimed that this move was reckless and illegal, taking Camden Council to court. If found guilty, Livingstone would have been held personally responsible for the measure, forced to pay the massive surchargeand been disqualified for public office for five years; ultimately the judge threw out the case.
Standing as Labour candidate for Hampstead, Livingstone was defeated by the incumbent Conservative, Geoffrey Finsberg. A staunch right winger and free market advocate, she became a bitter opponent of the labour movement and Livingstone.
The primary figurehead for this leftist trend was Tony Bennwho narrowly missed being elected deputy leader of Labour in Septemberunder new party leader Michael Foot. The head of the "Bennite left", Benn became "an inspiration and a prophet" to Livingstone; the two became the best known left-wingers in Labour.
Focused on increasing leftist power in the London Labour Party, he urged socialists to stand as candidates in the upcoming GLC election.
When the time came to choose who would lead London Labour in that election, Livingstone put his name down, but was challenged by the moderate Andrew McIntosh ; in the April vote, McIntosh beat Livingstone by 14 votes to Moving into a small flat at Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale with his pet reptiles and amphibians, he divorced in October and began a relationship with Kate Allenchair of Camden Council Women's Committee.
The meeting ended at 4: At 5 o'clock, McIntosh held a GLC Labour meeting; the attendees called an immediate leadership election, in which Livingstone defeated him by 30 votes to The entire left caucus slate was then elected.
After the most vicious GLC election of all time, the Labour Party has won a working majority on a radical socialist programme. As a socialist I started out with the lowest possible opinion of Fleet Street and was amazed to discover that they managed to sink even lower than I expected I would spend hours carefully explaining our policies only to open the paper the next morning and see instead a smear about my sex-life, alleged personality defects or some completely fabricated account of a meeting or a split that never actually happened.
Others stayed in their former positions, including Dave Wetzel as transport chair and Mike Ward as chair of industry; thus was created what biographer John Carvel described as "the second Livingstone administration", leading to a "more calm and supportive environment".
At the time, the Brent East Labour Party was in strife as competing factions battled for control, with Livingstone attempting to gain the support of both the hard and soft left. Securing a significant level of support from local party members, he nonetheless failed to apply for candidacy in time, and so the incumbent centrist Reg Freeson was once more selected as Labour candidate for Brent East.
A subsequent vote at the council meeting revealed that 52 local Labour members would have voted for Livingstone, with only 2 for Freeson and 3 abstentions. Nevertheless, in the United Kingdom general election,Freeson went on to win the Brent East constituency for Labour.Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and schwenkreis.com Latest breaking news, including politics, crime and celebrity.
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