January 17-19, 2001 Capital Hilton Hotel
Washington, DC

January 13, 2001

Conference of Mayors to Host Ken Livingstone, First Popularly Elected Mayor of London, in His First Official Visit to U.S.

Mayor of London, England Ken Livingstone
Conference President and Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles has announced that among the featured speakers at the 69Th Winter Meeting would be none other than the first popularly elected Mayor of London, England—Ken Livingstone, in his first official visit to the United States.

Mayor Livingstone, who has been involved in local and national politics in England since 1971, was elected Mayor of London last May from a crowded field of eleven candidates from the Labour, Conservative, Green, and other parties, garnering an impressive 38 percent of the vote. At the time Livingstone astounded Londoners by running as an independent when his party, Labour, certified another candidate as their choice for Mayor.

Lvingstone has written two books, If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It (1987) and Livingstone's Labour (1989).

Mayor Livingstone will be travelling to Washington with a twelve-member delegation, including Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor; Greater London Assembly Members Meg Hillier and Graham Tope; and a number of top policy advisors.

Below is Mayor Livingstone’s official schedule while he is in Washington:

Wednesday 17 January

9:30 am Mayors' Rail Summit on "A National Rail Policy for the 21st Century"

Union Station, East Hall

Mayor Livingstone makes remarks during the opening session, on his plan for rail investment in Greater London.

12:30 pm: Press Conference

Union Station, Starlight Room (Gate C)

Mayor Livingstone joins Conference President and Boise Mayor H. Brent Coles; Conference Vice President and New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial; and Amtrak CEO George Warrington. The Conference will release a poll on national attitudes toward rail investment in America’s cities.

1:00 pm: Acela Express Ride

Departs Gate G

Mayor Livingstone joins 300 American Mayors on a round trip train ride to Baltimore aboard America’s first high-speed train, the Acela.

6:30pm Mayors' Art Gala

Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H Street NW, Independence Ballroom

Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron will attend the Arts Gala on behalf of Mayor Livingstone, and will be available for a photo opportunity only.

Thursday 18 January

11:30am Press Conference: "Meet Mayor Ken Livingstone"

Capital Hilton, 16th and K Streets NW, New York Room

Mayor Livingstone meets and takes questions from members of the U. S. media.

1:00pm Luncheon honoring The Honorable Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London

Capital Hilton, Congressional/Senate Ballroom

Mayor Livingstone delivers a major address before more than 300 U. S. Mayors, as well as other invited guests.

Press is required to register for this event and others during the Conference's 69th Winter Meeting. Registrations will be accepted by telephone or on the Internet at the Conference's Winter Meeting Information Center, usmayors.org/uscm/69thWinterMeeting. The USCM press room on site will be the Pan American Room (telephone: 202-639-5422).

The U. S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the Mayor.

CONTACT: Jubi Headley, U. S. Conference of Mayors, (202) 861-6766