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Final Mayor of London poll

PinkNews Staff Writer April 19, 2008
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With the race to be Mayor of London entering the final fortnight, we’re offering readers a final say to vote on their choice for the Mayoral and Assembly elections.

The past two months has seen Brian Paddick increase his lead in the LGBT community. But Ken Livingstone, who topped the first preference votes (but not total votes) in the February poll remains a strong contender for the job.

To vote in our final poll, which closes on Thursday 24th April 2008, click here. (You must reside in London to take part)

The results of the second Mayor of London poll showed that Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick still leads among respondents.

225 people who live in the London area took part in the poll.

Mr Paddick, who until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK, won 43.5%, or 98 of the first preference votes.

He was followed by incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, with 29.4% (66 votes).

Tory candidate Boris Johnson won 12% (27 votes).

Lindsey German, candidate for The Left List, won 8.9% or 20 first preference votes.

Green candidate Sian Berry took 4.9%, or 11 first preference votes, the BNP’s Richard Barnbrook won 0.9% (2 votes) and Damian Hockney of One London won one first preference vote.

The Mayor of London is elected by the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, whereby if one candidate fails to win 50% of the first preference votes, the two candidates with the most first choice votes go through to a second stage.

All the other candidates are eliminated but the second choice votes on their ballot papers are reviewed.

If their second choice vote is for either of the top two candidates these votes are added to their totals.

Mr Paddick won a further 12 second preference votes from people who voted Boris Johnson first and one from a person who voted for Ms Berry, giving him a total of 111 or 49.3%

Mr Livingstone won 15 second preference votes from supporters of The Left List candidate Lindsey German and seven from people who voted for Ms Berry as first preference, a total of 88 or 39.1%

Of the 225 respondents, 193 described themselves as gay, 8 as straight, 8 as lesbians, 12 as bisexual, one as transgendered, two as transexual and one as trans.

In the previous Mayor of London poll conducted in February, 316 people took part and Mr Paddick also emerged the winner.

The first preference votes cast were as follows:

Ken Livingstone (Labour) 119 (37.66%)

Brian Paddick (Lib Dem) 116 (36.71%)

Boris Johnson (Conservative) 42 (13.29%)

Sian Berry (Green) 32 (10.13%)

Lindsey German (The Left List) 3 (0.95%)

Richard Barnbrook (BNP) 2 (0.63%)

Others 2 (0.63%)

The valid second preference votes were as follows:

Ken Livingstone (Labour) 14 (4.43%)

TOTAL 133 (42.09%)

Brian Paddick (Lib Dem) 32 (10.13%)

TOTAL 148 (46.83%)

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

Matt O’Connor – English Democrats

Brian Paddick – Liberal Democrats

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