Ken Livingstone

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Birthday
17, 1945
Birthplace
London, England
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
17, 1945 (age 74)
Birthplace
London, England

About

Affiliated with the British Labour Party, he served as Mayor of London (2000-2008) and was a Member of the United Kingdom Parliament (1987-2001). During his time as London Mayor, he improved transportation in the city and earned international praise for his response to the 2005 London bombings.

Before Fame

As a young man, he protested the Vietnam War, cared for test subject animals at a research laboratory, and rescued wildlife in Africa.

Trivia

Known for his far-left political views, he fought on behalf of the rights of women, minorities, and LGBT people and took a controversial position in arguing for the reunification of Ireland.

Family Life

He was born in London to a working-class family; his mother was a music hall performer, and his father served in the Merchant Navy. At the conclusion of his decade-long marriage to Christine Chapman, he married Emma Beal; his marriages resulted in a total of five children.

Associated With

He strongly and vocally opposed the conservative policies of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.