Mayor of London

2016 Election


ZAC GOLDSMITH (Conservative) Born 1975, Westminster, son of Sir Jimmy Goldsmith, the founder of the Referendum party. Educated at Eton, where he was expelled for posession of cannabis. Former Environmental activist and editor of The Ecologist. MP for Richmond Park since 2010.
SADIQ KHAN (Labour) Born 1970, London. Educated at Ernest Bevin School. Former Solicitor specialising in Human Rights and former Chair of Liberty. Wandsworth councillor 1994-2006. MP for Tooting since 2005. PPS to Jack Straw 2007, government whip 2007-08, Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2008-09, Minister of State for Transport 2009-10, Shadow Justice Secretary 2010-2015. Managed Ed Miliband`s successful leadership campaign in 2010.
SIAN BERRY (Green) born 1974, Cheltenham. Educated at Pate’s Grammar School and Trinity College, Oxford. Former medical copywriter, now a sustainable transport campaigner. Principle Speaker of the Green party 2006-2007. Camden councillor since 2014. Contested Hampstead and Highgate 2005. Green party mayoral candidate 2008
CAROLINE PIDGEON (Liberal Democrat) Born 1972. Educated at Thornden Secondary and the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Deputy leader of Southwark council 2002-2004. GLA londonwide member since 2008. Contested Dulwich and West Norwood 2001, Vauxhall 2010. Awarded an MBE in 2013 for public and political service.
PETER WHITTLE (UKIP) Born 1961, Peckham. Educated at University of Kent. Journalist and founder of New Culture Forum. Contested London region 2014 European election, Eltham 2015.
DAVID FURNESS (BNP) Computer programmer. Contested Ealing North 2010, Feltham and Heston 2011 by-election, London 2014 European election
GEORGE GALLOWAY (Respect) Born 1954, Dundee. Educated at Harris Academy. MP for Glasgow Hillhead 1987-1997, MP for Glasgow Kelvin 1997-2005, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow 2005-2010, MP for Bradford West 2012-2015. A flamboyant left-winger, talented orator and outspoken critic of Tony Blair and George W Bush, long involved in Palestinian and Arab causes. He opposed the 1991 Gulf war and travelled to Iraq several times, meeting both Saddam Hussein and Tariq Aziz and in 1998 founded a charity to campaign against sanctions on Iraq. He opposed the Iraq War and in 2003 was expelled from the Labour party for making comments encouraging British troops to refuse to obey illegal orders, he subsequently helped found the Respect party. He was elected in Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 on a pledge to serve only one term, in 2010 he contested the neighbouring seat but lost. He returned again in the 2012 Bradford West by-election, winning on a huge swing but losing the seat at he following election.
PAUL GOLDING (Britain First) Sevenoaks councillor 2009-2011. Contested Sevenoaks 2010 for the BNP, Wales 2014 European elections for Britain First
LEE HARRIS (CISTA) Born South Africa. Owner of a headshop.
SOPHIE WALKER (Womens Equality) Born 1971, Scotland. Educated at City University. Journalist
JOHN ZYLINKSKI (Independent) Born 1951, Lewisham. Property developer.
ANKIT LOVE (One Love) Educated at Bishop Cotton School and American Community School, Cobham. Artist and filmmaker

2012 Election
Boris Johnson (Conservative) 971931 44.0% (+0.8%)
Ken Livingstone (Labour) 889918 40.3% (+3.3%)
Jenny Jones (Green) 98913 4.5% (+1.3%)
Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat) 91774 4.2% (-5.6%)
Siobhan Benita (Independent) 83914 3.8% (n/a)
Lawrence Webb (Fresh Choice for London) 43274 2.0% (+1.1%)
Carlos Cortiglia (BNP) 28751 1.3% (-1.6%)
MAJORITY 82013 3.7% (-1.5%)
Turnout 38.1% (-7.2%)
Boris Johnson (Conservative) 1054811 51.5% (-1.7%)
Ken Livingstone (Labour) 992273 48.5% (+1.7%)
MAJORITY 62538 3.0% (-3.4%)
Boris Johnson (Conservative) born 1964, New York, USA. Son of Stanley Johnson, former MEP, and brother of Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington. Educated at Eton and Oxford, a contemporary of David Cameron. Author, television presenter and journalist. Worked as a columnist on the Daily Telegraph and as editor of The Spectator. Instantly recognisable by his dishevelled appearance, blond thatch of hair and bumbling public-schoolboy mannerisms, he has become a media celebrity through appearances on Have I Got News For You and tendency to make gaffes. As shadow minister for arts under Michael Howard he survived being made to publically apologise to Liverpool over an editoral in the Spectator that accused them of wallowing in victimhood, but not the revelation (that he had previously described as "an inverted pyramid of piffle") that he had been conducting an affair with Petronella Wyatt. MP for Henley 2001-2008. Shadow minister for higher education 2005-2007. Mayor of London since 2008.
Ken Livingstone (Labour) born 1945, Lambeth. Educated at Tulse Hill Comprehensive and then trained as a teacher. Former Lambeth and Camden councillor. GLC member for Norwood from 1973-1977. GLC member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington 1977-1981. GLC member for Paddington 1981-1986. Contested Parliamentary seat in Hampstead 1979. Contested leadership of the Labour group on the GLC in 1980, losing to Andrew McIntosh. The day after Labour's victory in the GLC elections of 1981 he successfully challenged McIntosh to become the leader of the GLC. Livingstone led a left-wing populist regime in County Hall with a tendency toward symbolic acts of defiance towards the Conservative government it faced across the Thames. Livingstone's policy of subsidised public transport fares was struck down as unlawful, he declared London a nuclear free zone and extended an official invitation to Gerry Adams at a time when he was banned from the mainland. Livingstone resigned as leader and from the GLC in 1984 to fight a by-election on the issue of opposing the abolition of the GLC. Livingstone won the by-election, but the GLC was abolished at the end of 1986. Elected as MP for Brent East 1987. He served for two years on the Labour party NEC, but wa largely a marginal figure as an MP, appearing on TV game shows and writing newspaper columns. Following the establishment of an elected London mayor Livingstone was keen to run and sought the Labour nomination, but was opposed by Tony Blair and lost Labour's electoral college vote to the former cabinet minister Frank Dobson. Livingstone subsequently ran as an Independent candidate and was expelled from the Labour party. Following his election as an independent mayor he was re-admitted to the Labour party in 2004 and re-elected as mayor in 2004. As mayor Livingstone has twice been investigated by the Standards Board of England, the first over allegations of a fight at a party, the second after he compared a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard. Livingstone was cleared of the first accusation, the second resulted in a four week suspension from the office, which was later overturned by the the High Court.
Jenny Jones (Green) Born 1949, Brighton. Educated at UCL. Former financial controller and archaeologist. Southwark councillor 2006-2010. Londonwide assembly member since 2000. Deputy mayor of London 2003-2004. Contested Dulwich and West Norwood 2005, Camberwell and Peckham 2010.
Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat) born 1958, Balham. Educated at Bec Grammar School and Oxford University. A former police officer, he served as Police Commander for the borough of Lambeth from 2000-2002 and Deputy Assistant Commissioner from 2003-2007. During his time in charge of policing in Lambeth he pursued a softly-softly approach to drug use, not arresting or charging people for cannabis possession, and became known as one of the most senior openly gay police officers.
Siobhan Benita (Independent) born 1971, Wimbledon. Educated at the Ursuline High School and Warwick University. Former civil servant.
Lawrence Webb (UKIP) UKIP party organiser and former electrician. Contested Hornchurch 2005, London assembly list 2008, Hornchurch and Upminster 2010.
Carlos Cortiglia (BNP) Born Uruguay. Press officer and radio producer.
Comments - 631 Responses on “Mayor of London”
  1. That Croydon result is terrible for Khan and Labour in general. Especially when there’s an ultra marginal seat that’s literally been trending there way for sometime now.

  2. I think it’s notable that the Conservatives are defending only 5 seats against Labour in London where their majority is less than 14%, with only one of those below 7.5%. It means the Tories can afford to lose support versus Labour in the capital without it having much impact on their national chances.

    Croydon Central: 0.3%
    Hendon: 7.5%
    Harrow East: 9.7%
    Enfield Southgate: 10.4%
    Finchley & Golders Green: 11.2%
    Chipping Barnet: 14.4%
    Battersea: 15.6%

    In other words, London is not very important at the next election, whereas Nuneaton, Worcester, Erewash, etc. are very important, exactly the sorts of places a lot of Corbyn supporters wouldn’t be seen dead in.

    But wasn’t that true at the last election, one might ask? Why am I repeating something that was already true before? Because I think it’s even more true than it was at the last election. Then the Tories were defending and hoping to hold Enfield North, Brentford, Ealing Central, Ilford North.

  3. Thanks for posting that. Makes using Lewis Baston’s non-interactive swing map ( much easier.

    As well as Harrow there seems to have been a significant pro-Goldsmith swing in the Hounslow area. Heathrow related? And also, curiously, in Newham – Olympic gentrification starting to have an effect?

  4. I wouldn’t have thought it will be on the Tory target seat list any time soon (!) but the Stratford area has gone rapidly upmarket in recent years so, from a very, very low base, it isn’t so surprising that the Tories are starting to improve slightly.

  5. Those swings don’t make any sense to me.

  6. These swings might be explained if the overall lower turnout in the mayoral election relative to the 2015GE was more pronounced among less affluent voters.

  7. Except the map is showing swing from 2012. Turnout was higher in the mayoral than then.

  8. It is impossible to give results by ward because postal votes are not counted at ward level. Either the map excludes postal votes or it has incorporated an estimated break down. Either way it is not possible that these are the bona fide full results by ward.

  9. That is true.
    The only way to do it is to allocate them to each ward in proportion to the turnout and votes we can pin down.
    So it probably wouldn’t change the story all that much.

    Surprised the Tories are ahead in Hainault (1st preference Mayor).

    Pleased to see some C wards survived the rout in Brentford and Isleworth.
    I see Hanworth area has gone Labour.

  10. Lewis Baston is a very credible elections analyst who has accounted for postal votes and wouldn’t have sent out a map that was wrong.

    In any case I don’t think it shows Mitcham and Morden, Ilford South etc. as a whole swinging to the Tories – just some small swings that way in a few wards, without checking probably wards where there was already a big Labour lead in 2012

  11. Jenny Jones makes the Green case for Leave in today’s Guardian.

  12. They have admitted that they had to use manual spreadsheets in the end here, after 2 IT system failures with the electronic count.

    Amusingly they still insist an electronic count is preferable, “as otherwise it’d take 2 or 3 days to declare the result.”

    Ha it has done on both occasions they’ve used the electronic counts!


    Labour politician in popularity shock. Not bad figures, though perhaps a bit of a honeymoon period.

  14. A friend of mine posted that picture from the Cuba Solidarity Campaign on Facebook so I followed the link to their page. Nothing about them seems remotely extremist or even linked to government. Their aims are to call for an end to the trade embargo between Cuba and the US, and to close Guantanamo Bay. I suspect this is a case of they are called the Cuba Solidarity Campaign must be supporting the dictatorship.

  15. Sorry ignore this post wrong thread


    Sadiq Khan satisfaction rating +31

    Total satisfied: 42
    Total dissatisfied: 11

  17. This is from ages ago

  18. Ken survives! Kind of, his suspension has been extended but everyone including the newt fancier himself was anticipating a full expulsion.

    I should know not to be surprised any more, but I really wasn’t expecting that.

  19. Yes, the BBC Newsnight Ken v Wes debate on the matter wasn’t particularly enlightening.

    I was surprising by the level of Wes Streeting’s vitriol towards Ken and him saying Ken isn’t even welcome in his constituency.

    I think some of Ken’s views are bonkers but I’ve never hated him. He’s too amiable for that – unlike McDonnell.

  20. I guess this is the next big UK election.

    Khan can’t lose in 2020 surely? He’s not a star but London is very Labour and he’s got two Tories standing against him.

    I suppose Rory might build up a campaign, helped by the Evening standard and his old schoolmate, but difficult to see Khan not getting there

  21. Agreed, Khan will win easily, the only questions are whether it will be on the first round, and who will finish second behind him (which could conceivably be any of Bailey, Stewart, Benita or Berry).

    But some of the mayor elections in 2021 will be very interesting. Remember that Andy Street in the Black Country, and Ben Houchen in Teesside, were both elected very narrowly at the crest of a Tory wave before Theresa May crashed precipitously over the course of the 2017 general election campaign. Then those same areas swung strongly behind Boris Johnson. They will be a very good test of whoever wins the Labour leadership over whether the party can recapture their former “heartlands”.

  22. The stars are aligned very well indeed for Khan.

    Labour will surely get a midterm protest vote boost against a government that is already horrendously unpopular in most of London. Especially if they elect a new leader who is an improvement on Corbyn.

    “I suppose Rory might build up a campaign, helped by the Evening standard and his old schoolmate”

    Rory is already yesterday’s fish and chip paper. Hard to imagine he was a semi-serious contender for PM a few short months ago. He won’t do any better than eke a couple of % from Shaun Bailey.

    The Lib Dems are flat on the floor and Benita is a nobody. If they have the ruthlessness to dump her and give Chuka a go, that’s the only scenario where I see Khan getting anything like a run for his money.

  23. “But some of the mayor elections in 2021 will be very interesting….They will be a very good test of whoever wins the Labour leadership over whether the party can recapture their former “heartlands””

    Labour still dominate local government in many of these areas and it will take many years for the Tories to become the dominant party at local level, even if they continue to win the parliamentary seats. It’s the reverse of how the Tories continued to win council elections in eg Birmingham Edgbaston, Westminster North and Croydon Central for a long time after Labour took the parliamentary seats.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Labour do quite well in mayoral elections on the back of normal mid-term government unpopularity but it will probably mean diddly squat for the 2024 election.

  24. Okay, let me put it this way – the West Midlands and Tees Valley mayoralties are the bare minimum for Labour, and if they fall short there the party should give serious thought to giving their leader the Iain Duncan Smith treatment – disposing them before they get to a general election.

  25. Labour have done quite poorly in many of the areas they did poorly in in 2019. The measure is usually whoever hold more tgan 8,000 seats in local government are on their way to government. Labour are on 6,000 atm. Andy Street is popular but the best result would be Labour gaining West Mids, Tees Valley and West of England

  26. Can’t see Labour winning Tees or West Midlands in May.

  27. Oh, yes, I have checked and the elections are this year. I thought they were four-year terms.

    Wouldn’t really be a fair reflection on a new leader only one month in…

  28. They will be four year terms after this year (So possibly the same day as the 2024 election if that is four and a half year rather than five.)

  29. Lawrence Fox is running for the London Mayoralty!

    I shall very much enjoy him getting less than 1%.

  30. Now I have someone to vote for.

  31. It’s an exclusive in the Sunday Telegraph. Fox won’t have a lot of appeal in London. It’s the biggest election this year I suppose and the media clearly happy to give him the attention regardless

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