London Mayor bid dismissed as speculation

PUBLISHED: 14:03 13 August 2010

Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham when she took her seat in the Lords

Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham when she took her seat in the Lords

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Claims that a Liberal Democrat peer and television personality will stand as London Mayor in 2012 have been dismissed as speculation.

Baroness Benjamin of Beckenham was last week reported to being lined up as a Lib Dem candidate to take on Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone or Oona King in the mayoral race.

But on Tuesday her spokesperson blamed speculation and the ‘summer silly season’ for reports.

He said: “It’s a very nice suggestion, but at the moment it is just background talk.

“No one from the party has spoken to 
Floella about it. She is still settling into the House of Lords which is what she wants to concentrate on at the moment.”

The spokesperson failed to rule out the possibility that the 60-year-old peer, who is known to a generation as the presenter of Play Away and Playdays, would stand.

A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrat Party said: “Nominations are not yet open.

“I believe that she is flattered but until she becomes a candidate there is nothing to say.”

Nominations for the Lib Dem hopeful will be opened after their autumn conference in September, after which the 5,000 party
 members within the capital will be polled.

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