Wednesday 11/08/10 by Steve Emment
Late last night a handful of London cab drivers met Oona King.
It’s been in the pipeline for several weeks but last night it turned into reality, it was arranged for Oona King to be picked up outside LBC radio in Leicester Square and then driven around central London.
For those of you who don’t know who she is, she is one of the candidates for the forthcoming Mayoral elections.
The former Labour MP Oona King will be challenging Ken Livingstone to become Labour’s candidate for mayor of London in 2012.
After last nights debate with Oona King and Ken Livingstone on LBC’s Lian dale show, she was picked up and driven around central London and was shown all the troubled hot spots and bottle necks that cause London to be chocked up night after night, then afterwards was shown a few taxi ranks outside London’s night clubs that were being abused by minicab divers, then it was back to the City to meet a handful of cab drivers who were patiently waiting outside Sweetings cafe in Queen Victoria Street.
I managed to muster up a few cabbies last night who were only to pleased to meet her, they were Jim Thomas, Johnny Tsang, and Len Martin.
When Oona arrived along with Nigel Howard of the of the Evening Standard, she came straight over and shook our hands.
After about 10 mins I brought them a cup of tea and a plate of Banana cake of which the owner Jamie’s wife made, it went down well.
We talked about Satellite offices to Law enforcement and cab drivers trying to negotiate Londons traffic.
After about an hour of chatting and posing for the camera, it was time to part.
I took one of Oona’s PR men home to Clapham, while oona was driven home by one of the other drivers.