Ken Livingstone served as the leader of the Greater London Council (GLC) from 1981 until the council was abolished in 1986, and as Mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He also served as an MP for 14 years.

Ken has long been supportive of the peace movement. As leader of the GLC, he proclaimed 1983 to be Peace Year in order to advocate international nuclear disarmament. As Mayor of London, he undertook several initiatives in support of CND’s work and was a powerful voice against war and nuclear weapons. He also signed up to the appeal from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to become a Mayor for Peace, supporting the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

On the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ken as Mayor of London wrote a letter of recommendation for CND’s peace education work, hosting a London-wide schools’ ‘poem for peace’ competition.

What is 60 faces of CND?
2018 is the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND has been a powerful collective voice against the dangers of nuclear weapons.

CND’s greatest strength has always been its members.
Incredible people have shaped our history,
our present and will continue to inspire in the future.

Here we take a look at 60 Faces of CND,
60 people who represent all the millions of people
who have campaigned for nuclear disarmament over the decades
and have made our organisation so remarkable.

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