Election results: London and looking to the general election

London: you’ve probably seen the results by now I suspect (!), but if you’re after full vote share details for the London Assembly seats they are here whilst the London list results are here. Labour’s hold of Enfield and Haringey and gain of Brent and Harrow Assembly seats are striking results at a time of Labour defeats in so many other places. On the list, the election of a BNP member is the main piece of news. Overall, the Liberal Democrats lost two Assembly seats, with Mike Tuffrey, Dee Doocey and Caroline Pidgeon the three elected.

Looking to the general election, the Guardian has an analysis of how Labour performed in some of the key marginal Westminster constituencies, showing that the Liberal Democrats (and Conservatives) did very well in many of them. This seems to reinforce the pattern from last year, which is of our party doing increasingly well in the areas that really matter for the next general election.

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  • David Morton 3rd May '08 - 11:46am

    The link to the Constituency seats isn’t upto date for all of them and doesn’t become so when refreshed.

    The plunge in Mayoral First preferences but especially the List vote look ghastly. I appreciate many London activists will still be asleep but I trust
    in due course we’ll get some proper comment on that rather than this Comical Ali piece?

    Oh and as you clearly can’t cope with typing the words, “Boris Won”.

  • Martin Land 3rd May '08 - 11:56am

    God Forbid that it’s not clear!

    Boris Won – and London Lost!

  • David Morton 3rd May '08 - 12:19pm

    I apologise for being a miserable old git but if a Conservative Councillor gets a parking ticket or a Labour Councillor gets a Library fine its raked over on here in gruesome detail. Yet when a Major devolved election in the UK is announced there isn’t even the good grace to have a sentence saying who has won and then what is clearly an utterly dreadful result for the Party is air brushed out. No mention of Paddicks name let alone a link to the Mayoral results.
    Fortunately more mature Bloggers have already started comment and debate on other sites (see Lib Dem Blogs feed)

  • David Morton 3rd May '08 - 12:29pm

    3. I just find it odd that a post on the results of the London Mayoral Election doesn’t mention the result of the London Mayoral Election. Or any mention of the Party’s Candidate or Result. I think we know why.

    I would never, ever be critical in this way of a voluntary effort like Lib Dem Voice providing the service that it does but it does jar with me when the least excuse is often used to jump on others failures to so shameless air brush out our own. Your two posts recently on the John Rentoul article being a classic example.

  • matt severn 3rd May '08 - 12:30pm

    I agree- the bad performance of Paddick was a real shame. He was so stiff and humourless, and in debates I thought he was needlessly unpleasant. A pity.

    Elsewhere, I think it looks like we are secure in the hearts and minds and votes of a good 21-26% of the people, and that is something with the right approach we can build on.

  • Not much point in Mark’s wasting time posting information that everybody knows, David!

  • Brian Paddick has said on Today he gave his second preference to Lindsey German.

    Apparently he looked at all the other candidates and voted for the one with policies closest to his views. An after the voting endorsment of the Socialist Workers Party says all that needs to be said on the quality of our mayoral campaign.

  • Yup – ‘fraid to say I don’t think Brian Paddick was a good candidate – it seems for these high profile contests we now need to go for celeb type candidates….

  • Brian Paddick’s endorsement of the “Left List” was a total and irresponsible disgrace. I hope the LDs do better in managing to choose a credible candidate next time. You’re gonna need to!

  • K,

    that’s strong language to describe a rationalised decision, even though you may disagree with his reasons.

    I suppose you’d also describe those thousands of christians as fundamentalist nutcases!

  • I used to know a Felix Holt in cambridge in 1972-5!! ru 4 real or just a George Eliot fan?

  • Matthew,

    In the face of a double squeeze any non-establised candidate will suffer.

    I read those falls as respectable, however they may be hyped by our opponents (who profited from those gains it should be remembered).

    Such falls were entirely predictable, so instead of criticising individuals when the circumstances were to blame, it should spur you on to seek ways to promote preemptive preventative action.

  • I personally think Paddick was a good choice of candidate and had no problem with him or his performance. We were never going to win the election for Mayor so picking someone with good name recognition and a background in a ‘real’ job not politics was IMHO a smart move.

    The results don’t relly reflect the campaign he led, more the effect of the anti Ken and anti Boris feeling meaning nearly everyone voted for one or the other of them.

  • Davy –
    sorry, not a real Felix Holt! Just a George Eliot fan and an old 70s YL radical…!!!
    aka Meirion Gwril

  • Martin Land 4th May '08 - 12:57pm

    I really feel that a close look needs to be taken at our campaign… I’d also like to see us select a candidate for the Mayoralty within the next six months and have a ‘shadow’ Mayor in place by Christmas, giving them more than 3 years to build up support!

    I kept reading about how we were bringing in experts from America. Well, judging by our performance this year compared to our performance in London, give me a call next time – I’m only 40 minutes away on the train! And I’m sure we have even more talented people than I.

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