With one week to go, the two main candidates in the race for mayor of London—maverick Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone and clownish Tory Boris Johnson—remain neck-and-neck. As the Labour Party realizes that it could lose the most important elected office in Britain, the Guardian reveals that Livingstone is receiving help from his former sworn enemies: Tony Blair and his spin doctor, Alistair Campbell.
The far-left Livingstone was booted from Labour and ran as an independent against the party's mayoral candidate in 2000, winning in a landslide. Now Blair, who once warned Livingstone would be "a disaster," is advising the mayor on how to win a third term. Livingstone has also been speaking daily to Gordon Brown, another former enemy; the PM is anxious about losing London in the first major election of his premiership.