London Mayor NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from London that the race for the city's first directly elected mayor is shaping up to be good theater, if not good politics. The Conservative Party candidate, best-selling novelist Lord Jeffrey Archer, bowed out after admitting he asked a friend to lie in a libel suit. To replace Archer, the Conservatives are considering a former transport minister who admits to having five mistresses while in office. Among Labor party hopefuls, another former transport minister, actress Glenda Jackson, seems more admired for her screen roles than her political accomplishments. Many Labor voters like left-winger Ken Livingstone, but Prime Minister Tony Blair is doing everything he can to block his nomination. The vote is set for May.
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London Mayor

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NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from London that the race for the city's first directly elected mayor is shaping up to be good theater, if not good politics. The Conservative Party candidate, best-selling novelist Lord Jeffrey Archer, bowed out after admitting he asked a friend to lie in a libel suit. To replace Archer, the Conservatives are considering a former transport minister who admits to having five mistresses while in office. Among Labor party hopefuls, another former transport minister, actress Glenda Jackson, seems more admired for her screen roles than her political accomplishments. Many Labor voters like left-winger Ken Livingstone, but Prime Minister Tony Blair is doing everything he can to block his nomination. The vote is set for May.