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Brian Paddick selected as Lib Dem London mayor candidate.

Summary: Former Met deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick is chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2012 London Mayoral elections.

Almost a year after Labour and the Conservatives announced their candidates for the 2012 London mayoral elections, former Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick has been announced as the Liberal Democrat candidate.

The selection means the big-party field for the 2012 election is exactly the same as for the 2008 race, in which Boris Johnson ousted the then mayor Ken Livingstone.

Mr Paddick beat off competition from former MP Lembit Opik, outgoing London Assembly member Mike Tuffrey and former Haringey councillor Brian Haley in a ballot on Friday, winning by just 1,526 votes to Mr Tuffrey's 1,476.

I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Lembit Opik polled just 252 votes.

Paddick was the highest-ranking openly gay police officer when he was at the Met, and quit the force in the wake of the shooting by marksmen of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005.

He has since become an outspoken critic of the force's original investigation into the death.

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "Brian's experience is exactly what London needs right now.

"Whether dealing with the aftermath of the riots or phone hacking and corruption in the Metropolitan Police, Brian has shown in recent weeks that he has the authority and leadership that London needs.

"Brian provides Londoners with a real, credible alternative to Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone."

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