Peter Hoskin

Labour to hire Sir Alan for mayoral bid?

Labour to hire Sir Alan for mayoral bid?
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Much ado round Westminster about Andrew Gilligan's claim that Labour, through their London director, have approached business-supremo-cum-TV-personality Alan Sugar to run as their candidate for London Mayor in 2012. 

As Paul Waugh reveals, Labour are denying it all - but the story still makes a lot of sense.  After all, Sugar is high-profile; popular with the public; and, despite his burgeoning friendship with Gordon Brown, sufficiently independent to remain unsullied by this Government.  And, to top it all off, he's not Ken Livingstone. 

To my mind, he could could be a formidable opponent for Boris, and Tory grassroots seem to agree - respondents to a ConservativeHome survey last week put him as "Boris's most dangerous opponent in 2012".  Watch this space.