London: After a neck to neck contest between Labour’s Ken Livingstone and and Conservative’s Boris Johnson, Conservative Johnson is declared Mayor of London, retaining his mayorship till 2016.
The Johnson acquired 1,054,811 votes followed by Ken Livingstone who got 992,273 votes.
The results were announced by Returning Officer John Bennett.
The full results in the first round of voting was:
Siobhan Benita: 83,914
Carlos Cortiglia: 28,751
Boris Johnson: 971,931
Jenny Jones: 98,913
Ken Livingstone: 889,918
Brian Paddick: 91,774
Despite a clear victory across the councils in United Kingdom, Labour’s Ken Livingstone failed to convince Londoners to be the next boss the metropolitan.
As Londoners wait for their next mayor after polls on Thursday, Boris Johnson has established an early lead in the London mayoral race, initial counting revealed.
Election organiser London Elects has not released precise figures for ballots counted so far, but graphs on its website show an early lead for the incumbent mayor.
Still it would appear that the lead is not yet enough to take him over the 50 per cent threshold needed to avoid a second-round race against former London mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.
Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick seems to have been left for dust by the two frontrunners, and is battling with the Green Party’s Jenny Jones and independent Siobhan Benita for third, fourth and fifth places.
In nationwide council polls, the Tories have lost control of 11 local authorities and almost 300 councillors making a near sweep for Labours.
Boris is well ahead of Ken in Croydon-Sutton, SouthWest, West Central, Merton-W’worth and slight lead in Ealing-Hill’don