No change for residents at City Hall
Boris Johnson has been re-elected as London Mayor, beating Ken Livingstone by a margin of 3%.The announcement was made just before midnight, after a count that lasted more than twenty-five hours. The overall result was 1,054,811 votes for Boris Johnson while the final number of votes for Ken Livingstone was 992,273.
The result was delayed by almost four hours from its expected time of 8 p.m. when it was discovered that two ballot boxes from Brent and Harrow were sent into storage without being verified and had to be sorted and recounted by hand.
Tony Travers of the London School of Economics said that Boris had “ walked on water “ to win, considering the result of the Conservative party at national level.
Ken Livingstone said he would not run for election again.
Jenny Jones of the Green Party came third.
The result was closer than anticipated and while Boris Johnson was ahead in the first count, Labour picked up second preference votes which changed the dynamic considerably. Jenny Jones, of the Green Party, who came third, said the message from voters was that Boris Johnson did not have as clear a mandate as he might have expected.
Conservative candidate Richard Tracey retained his position as London Assembly Constituency Member for Wandsworth & Merton. He received the backing of 65,197 voters, a drop of 1.7% from the last AM election. His seat was the first of the fourteen seats to be announced.
Richard Tracey told us:
"I am naturally delighted with the election result and the fact that my constituents have strongly approved of my record as their Assembly Member for the last 4 years. I thank them for their support. I look forward now to working with Boris Johnson to take London further forward in his second Mayoralty."
He continued, "I shall be pursuing the issue of increasing our policing and SNT coverage with extra PCSOs, and also chasing the great strides forward in transport locally - upgrading the Northern and District Lines Underground, bringing the Overground extension to Battersea's Clapham Junction, extending Boris Bikes westwards, cleaning up bus emissions, improving the Wimbledon/Croydon Tramlink, mainline trains, and river transport to Putney. There is much work to do, along with first enjoying the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in June and the Olympics in our area in the summer."
The May 3 elections were for the Mayor of London, the 14 Constituency London Assembly Members, and the 11 London-wide Assembly Members.
London Mayoral Election
|Carlos Cortiglia||British National Party||
|Brian Paddick||Liberal Democrats||
|Lawrence Webb||Fresh Choice for London (UKIP)||
London Assembly Election
|Richard Tracey||Conservative||65,197 -1.7%|
|Leonie Cooper||Labour||55,216 + 7.4%|
|Lisa Smart||Liberal Democrats||11,904 - 2.4%|
|Roy Vickery||Green||11,307 - 1.0%|
|Mazhar Manzoor||Fresh Choice for London (UKIP)||3,717 - 0.1%|
|Thamilini Kulendran||Independent||2,424 + 1.6%|
|Bill Martin||Socialist Party of Great Britain||1,343 + 0.9%|
May 6, 2012