Livingstone, Ken

Date of Birth:
17 Jun 1945
Livingstone, Ken

Ken Livingstone was London's most important local politician during the last quarter of the 20th century. He was leader of the Greater London Council (G.L.C.) from 1982 until the G.L.C was abolished in 1986. In 2000, he became London's first elected mayor.

Ken Livingstone was born in south London on 17 June 1945. He came from a working-class background; his parents were not particularly political. The left-wing socialism that became Livingstone's trademark developed after he left school.

In 1962, Livingstone began work as a lab technician at the Chester Beatty cancer research unit in the Royal Marsden Hospital, where many of his co-workers held socialist views. He became active in the trade union movement, helping to organise opposition to proposedredundancies at Chester Beatty.

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