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Herbert Stanley Morrison was born in Stockwell, and started work at the age of 14 as an errand boy. He was first elected to Parliament as Labour MP for Hackney South in 1923. In 1934 he became leader of the London County Council. He served in Churchill's wartime coalition government as Minister of Supply and later as Home Secretary. In 1945 he organised Labour's successful election campaign and its nationalisation programme. He was Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Prime Minister in Attlee's post-war administration, however Attlee's animosity towards him ensured that he never became leader of the Labour Party. He died in 1965. His grandson is Peter Mandelson.

Ken Livingstone was leader of the Greater London Council from 1981 until Margaret Thatcher abolished it in 1986. He then served as Labour MP for Brent East from 1987 to 2001 and as Mayor of London for two terms, where he was responsible for introducing the Congestion Charge and masterminding London’s Olympic bid. He currently hosts a phone-in show on LBC Radio with David Mellor.

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