James Forsyth

The Evening Standard endorses Boris

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Today, The Evening Standard formally threw its support behind Boris Johnson for Mayor. Here's the conclusion of their very solid editorial:

This paper believes that the key issues in this contest are honesty and competence. On both, Mr Livingstone falls down badly. His broken promises and the irregularities surrounding some of his closest associates - exposed by our reporting - show that he cannot be trusted to maintain the standards of integrity that his office demands.

Boris Johnson can offer London a fresh vision. He has mastered the complexities of London's government to come up with policies that offer a real alternative to those of Mr Livingstone. He has the intelligence and honesty to redeem the office of Mayor. He has assembled a talented team and commands loyalty among those around him; in office he would retain those with expertise and talent at City Hall. And he has the openness and affability to have good relations with the city as a whole. He should be Londoners' choice for Mayor today.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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