In an email today, Ken Livingstone has thanked supporters for their support. You can read the full email below:
Losing is never easy.
In this campaign I fought for the ideals that have defined my political life: social justice, lower fares, raising living standards, fighting to give Londoners the opportunities that they deserve.
No one thought we would get as close as we did.
I didn’t win but the things we fought for shouldn’t be lost. Cutting fares, putting more police on the streets, introducing a London EMA, providing better and cheaper housing and helping people with the cost of living. Our fantastic new Labour team on the London Assembly will ensure the fight for these things will go on.
I wanted to send you this email today to say thank you. Over the next few days and weeks I’m sure much will be said in the aftermath. Whatever is said, no one will take away from you and our campaign the credit for the extraordinary work that was done. You have been brilliant.
Over 5000 people have volunteered on this campaign for almost 2 years through the wet and cold. Over 4,000 people have donated through small donations that raised almost £100,000. We’ve knocked on tens of thousands doors and built party campaigning in every borough of London in a way no Mayoral and Assembly Labour campaign has ever done before. We’ve pioneered new campaign techniques and made history with a grassroots-driven campaign.
Everybody from all parts of the party and at every level made all that possible.
It has been humbling and an inspiration to be part of this election campaign with you.
Thank you again.