Often controversial and outspoken, Ken Livingston is one of British politics’ most colourful personalities. From his early days leading London's GLC to becoming Mayor of London and then entering a second lease of life as a noted radio broadcaster and TV personality, Ken has always been a cause celebre, earning many accolades and not a few lambasts along the way.
Born in Lambeth, South London in 1945, Ken began his political career serving on Lambeth and Camden Councils, before becoming leader of the GLC in 1981, remaining in that position until Margaret Thatcher's government abolished the GLC in 1986. He went on to serve as Labour MP for Brent East from 1987 to 2001.
Ken was elected as the newly created Mayor of London in May 2000 and was re-elected for a second term in June 2004. During his tenure as Mayor, Ken famously introduced the Congestion Charge and also spearheaded in the successful bid for London to host the 2012 Olympics. Ken was also praised for the way the Mayor's Office and the Greater London Authority assisted the emergency services and the Government in dealing with the 2005 terrorist attack on London.
Since being replaced as London's Mayor by Boris Johnson, Ken has carved a successful niche for himself as a writer and broadcaster, including a Saturday radio morning show on LBC, alongside David Mellor, a political opponent but an ideal co-host! Ken has also written three books: If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It (1987), Livingstone's Labour (1989) and his autobiography, the aptly-titled You Can’t Say That (2011).
Ken is one of the UK’s most notable political speakers and covers various topics from finance to the economy. If you are interested in Ken speaking at your Conference, Dinner or Event, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
Hi Ian, please could you pass on my thanks to Ken Livingstone for his contribution yesterday at the BPF conference. We have had some fantastic feedback already, the political session was clearly a huge part of making the conference a success.
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I am very pleased to report yesterday’s private dinner event was received with much enthusiasm. We were so delighted to have Ken facilitating our panel debate, our guests were extremely impressed, inspired and engaged with him. Thanks again Ian and to Ken for making the evening such a memorable event.
Hi Ian, the Malta Gala Dinner was great, everyone was very enthusiastic with the programme and Ken was great! He has humour, he was witty and informative and I think he enjoyed himself immensely. Thank you for suggesting him and for helping us get him. The Maltese loved him!
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