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Brian Paddick still gay choice, but Boris Johnson increases his appeal

PinkNews Staff Writer April 27, 2008
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In the final poll tracking the popularity of the mayoral candidates, Brian Paddick remains the clear choice of the gay community, although Boris Johnson has increased his popularity considerably.

The Conservative candidate has increased his share of the pink vote from 12 percent in March to 21.7 per cent. Just two per cent less that Brian Paddick in terms of first preference vote (23.6 per cent)

The poll follows the Stonewall Mayoral Hustings held last weekend where Mr Johnson experienced a stormy reception.

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.

However once the second preference votes from the eliminated candidates were discounted, Ken Livingstone received 39.6 percent to Brian Paddick’s 43.1 per cent.

40 of the readers of who voted for Boris Johnson selected Brian Paddick as their second choice preference.

20 of the 30 readers who voted for Lindsey German selected Ken Livingstone as their second choice preference.

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).

In terms of the party choices from the vote was as follows:-

BNP 1.8 per cent (4), Conservative20.4 per cent (46), Green 8 per cent (18), Labour 28.8 per cent (65), Left List 15.9 per cent (36), Liberal Democrats 23.5 per cent (53), Respect (George Galloway) 1.8 per cent (4). 226 valid votes were cast in total.

Last month, the results of the second Mayor of London poll showed that Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick with a much larger lead in the lead. Then, he 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.

Related topics: Mayoral Election

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