Ken Livingslane, MP for Brent East, threw his hat in
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the ring to become London's elected mayor under government proposals. With elections due in May 2000 Livingstone announced plans to introduce a congestion charge, taking his authority from the
government's New Deal for Transport. CM warned that hauliers might have to pay as much as £.15 a day if Ken became mayor (CM 9 December 1999) the charge was introduced at £5 in February 2002 and currently stands at £8.