Brian Paddick - until recently the highest ranking openly gay police officer in Britain - was today named as the Liberal Democrat for London Mayor having won a ballot of the party's London members. He said, "I am enormously proud to be announced today as the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor. For too long Londoners have been denied a serious debate on the future of their city.
"Less crime, better transport, cleaner air and fewer Londoners living in poverty are all crucial in making sure that London remains one of the most exciting cities in the world. I strongly believe that the position of Mayor can be a powerful source for good. During the coming months I will be explaining to people throughout London why the time has come for a change."
Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable MP said: "I am delighted that the Liberal Democrats are able to put forward such an excellent candidate. Brian is a lifelong Londoner with the high-level experience needed to be London Mayor.
"London is one of the greatest cities in the world and in Brian Paddick Londoners finally have the serious candidate they deserve."
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