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Boris Johnson has welcomed the latest PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll which shows his rising popularity amongst London’s LGBT community.

Boris came third in the poll but has seen his share of the vote double amongst PinkNews.co.uk readers.

Commenting on the poll the Mr Johnson told PinkNews.co.uk:

“This latest poll only serves to underline that this election will go right down to the wire, and I will not be taking any vote for granted.”

The rise in popularity is a surprise after Mr Johnson received a cool response at the Stonewall hustings, held last week.

At the hustings, Chaired by PinkNews.co.uk editor Tony Grew, Boris received heckles after refusing to apologies for articles he had written in support of Section 28 and against civil partnerships.

He did however tell the LGBT crowd that he was in favour of civil partnerships and that he had actually for the repeal Section 28.

London may have a new mayor by the end of the week, and with the polls showing that the Labour and Conservative candidates are neck and neck, there is a massive battle for support from the LGBT community.

Brian Paddick once again came first in the PinkNews.co.uk poll. The only candidate who is openly gay, Brian Paddick has consistently told London’s LGBT community that he is the best man to support their needs.

Ken Livingstone, who was questioned over his relationship with the Islamic cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi received 26.6 per cent of the first preference votes.

Mr Livingstone has been trailing in the polls over recent weeks but has recently made a comeback. Some polls even predict that Ken will be successful in achieving a third term in office.

In terms of first preference votes, the results were:-
Ken Livingstone 26.7 per cent (60), Brian Paddick 23.6 per cent (53), Boris Johnson 21.8 per cent (49), Lindsey German 13.3 per cent (31), Sian Berry 9.3 per cent (21), Richard Barnbrook 1.3 per cent (3).

Boris Johnson told PinkNews.co.uk:

“Londoners have a choice on May 1st to vote for more of the same old tired approach, or for the candidate who promises to be a Mayor for all Londoners and will bring a new energy and enthusiasm to the job of London’s Mayor.”

Full list of candidates for Mayor of London:-
Richard Barnbrook – British National Party
Gerard Batten – UK Independence Party
Sian Berry – Green Party
Alan Craig – Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party
Lindsey German – The Left List
Boris Johnson – Conservative Party
Ken Livingstone – Labour Party
Winston McKenzie – Independent
Brian Paddick – Liberal Democrats