Margaret Hodge rules herself out of London Mayoral race

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Margaret Hodge rules herself out of London Mayoral race

Labour's Margaret Hodge has ruled herself out of the running to become the next Mayor of London.

The MP for Barking said she felt Boris Johnson's successor should be black or from an ethnic minority community to reflect the London’s diversity.

Ms Hodge said it was "right for us to have a non-white mayor" when current Mayor, Boris Johnson, steps down in 2016.

She said: “London is a diverse city but we are poor at representation. But let's wait and see what the candidates say they can do for London.”

The writer Andrea Mann joined London Live to discuss Ms Hodge’s move and said it was a shame a woman had removed herself from a predominantly male contest.


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