"Rachel said surely that would all change now they'd got rid of Red Ken"
GLC badges (1985)
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Ken Livingstone in 2008
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 Kenneth Robert Livingstone (usually known as Ken Livingstone) is a British Labour Party politician who was born in 1945.

Between 1981 and 1986, he was the Leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) where he tried to implement a number of radical socialist policies (hence, the nickname Red Ken).

From 1987 to 2001, he was the Member of Parliament for the Brent East constituency, and between 2000 and 2008, he was the first elected Mayor of London.