Could the next Mayor of London be gay?
An overwhelming number of Londoners have said they would be more than happy to see a gay mayor running the city, according to a new poll.
LBC Radio found a whopping 71% of the 1,100 adults surveyed would be comfortable if the mayor was gay, compared to just 16% who would be uncomfortable.
However, the current leaders in the race to succeed current mayor Boris Johnson are former Labour’s Dame Tessa Jowell and Conservative Zac Goldsmith – who are both heterosexual.
Andrew Boff – a Conservative member of the London Assembly – is the only openly gay candidate on the Tory short-list.
Richard Hendron – who organised the controversial UKIP contingent at this year’s Pride in London Parade – is also thought to be in the running for his party’s nomination.
Ivan Massow – the Conservative gay rights campaigner – failed to make the short-list.
Dame Tessa is currently edging ahead of the Tory MP in the polls, with 53% of Londoner’s saying the would prefer a Labour leader, while 47% prefer Conservative.
Others running for the role include Sadiq Khan, Dianne Abbott, David Lammy, Gareth Thomas and Christian Wolmar.
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Earlier today, ITV news received heavy criticism for their coverage of the results after they tweeted: “Gay Mayor or Muslim mayor? Which would you prefer running your city?”
“Is this what passes for journalism at @itvlondon?” asked one user.
“WHAT THE MERRY HELL?” asked another. “It isn’t snog/marry/avoid, you simplistic, reductive, prejudiced cretins.”
The news broadcaster posed the question after the poll also found that 55% of people would be happy with a Muslim mayor, but 31% would not – meaning Londoners would happier with a city leader from the LGBT community.
The tweet has since been deleted.