Ken Livingstone hit back at Tory peers after the Lords voted to bar him from standing for re-election next year as London mayor. Financial Times

The House of Lords voted to amend a bill upgrading the mayor’s powers to impose a two-term limit on the post, stopping the Labour incumbent from seeking a third term in May 2008.

The Tories argued the mayoralty was becoming an elected dictatorship, but Livingstone said: 'It is up to Londoners, not parliamentarians, to decide who is mayor.' The government will seek to overturn the amendment in the Commons.