London elections results open thread

The count for the Mayor of London and the members of the London Assembly is now underway in Olympia, ExCel and Alexandra Palace.

Once again, the electorate have had to cope with not one but three different voting systems.

Mayor of London

There are seven candidates for the Mayor of London, with Brian Paddick standing for the Liberal Democrats.

Voters had the opportunity to mark a first and a second preference candidate on the ballot paper. If one candidate achieves more than 50% of the first preference votes then that person is elected. If, as is more likely, no candidate passes the 50% threshold, then the two candidates with the most first preferences go forward to the next stage and all the others are eliminated. The second preferences of the eliminated candidates are then redistributed. At the second stage the winner is whichever of the top two candidates has the greater number of first and second preferences. (This is a variation of AV)

London Assembly

City Hall and Tower Bridge

Photo of City Hall under Creative Commons license from

25 members are elected to the London Assembly in an all-in, all-out election every four years.

Of these:

  • 14 represent constituencies. These members are elected using First Past the Post on a second ballot paper.
  • 11 are London-wide members. On  a third ballot paper, electors can vote for one party list, and this determines the proportionality of seats on the Assembly.  The 11 additional places are allocated to the parties so that the overall proportions of the 25 members reflects the voting pattern on this ballot paper.

In the last London elections Liberal Democrats secured three places from the party list. Caroline Pidgeon has served as the group leader, and is top of the list this time round.

Where to see the results

You can follow the live updates on the count on London Elects.


4.30pm: Boris Johnson is ahead of Ken Livingstone on first preferences, with Jenny Jones (Green), Brian Paddick and Siobhan Benita (Independent) very close together in third place. Most of the votes are in, except for the areas being counted at Alexandra Palace.

In the London-wide vote, it is difficult to judge the exact percentages from the barchart, but Labour is first, followed by Conservative, Green, Lib Dem and UKIP. The BNP appears to be out of the running.

5.30pm: Conservatives have been elected in Bexley & Bromley, Croydon & Sutton, Havering & Redbridge, Merton & Wandsworth and West Central. Labour candidates have been elected in Ealing & Hillingdon, Greenwich & Lewisham and Lambeth & Southwark. Six constituencies have not yet declared. See the results here.

7.15pm: Two more constituency results - Conservatives win in South West and Labour win in City & East.

7.30pm: According to the BBC, have declared the figures for the Mayoral vote and these put the first preferences for the candidates as follows - Boris Johnson 46.45%, Ken Livingstone 37.98%, Brian Paddick 4.15%, Jenny Jones 4.06%, Siobhan Benita 3.76%.

Open thread

Please use the comments below to report and give your opinion on the London results.

If you'd like to comment on the local elections outside London please drop in on the lively local elections open thread that started last night.

Over to you again...

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • They seem to be making good progress with the counting – and it’s only 10 am. So how come it’s going to take all day and into the evening to get the results?

  • Duncan Macdonald 4th May '12 - 10:54am

    A power cut at Ally Pally means the start of the Barnet and Camden (and other) counts has been delayed by at least 2 hours

  • Duncan Macdonald 4th May '12 - 11:04am
  • Early London results are a disaster for us. We may be squeezed into fourth place in the London-wide vote and Brian has a tough battle for 3rd/4th/5th place in the mayoral election. London will offer no solace from the bloodbath elsewhere.

  • No surprise if you re-field a candidate seen as a grey man last time and a specialist in only one facet of the Mayor’s many responsibilities. I know it offends other grey people’s grey souls, but we’d have got way more coverage and way more votes fielding that maverick wasting asset, Lembit – who could have been given a useful job of work to do instead of making an ‘ahse’ of himself wrestling or whatever it is this week.

  • From the BBC:
    “Boris Johnson is in the lead in the race for City Hall, as the first votes in the London mayoral race are counted.
    … the picture may change over the day as different boroughs’ votes are processed.
    Ken Livingstone is running second, followed by the Greens’ Jenny Jones, independent Siobhan Benita then Lib Dem Brian Paddick, on first preferences.
    The site also shows Labour ahead of the Tories in the London Assembly vote.
    The Green Party are running in third, with the Lib Dems fourth …”

  • @Caracatus: AV is just STV with single member constituencies. Unless you are proposing that there should be multiple Mayors of London, STV would just amount to AV (which you imply you dislike).

    Put another way, PR is by definition impossible for mayoral, presidential and similar elections. It’s impossible for the number of Mayors of London of each party to be proportional to the vote for each party, unless London were to be run not by a single Mayor or London, but instead by some kind of ‘Mayoral Committee’ that replaced the current post of Mayor. We could even come up with a snappy name for the Mayoral Committee – I dunno, we could call it a ‘council’ 🙂

    I don’t understand why the mayoral elections use SV though – a system that is clearly designed to simplify the process of manual counting.


  • Liberal Neil 4th May '12 - 1:17pm

    @David I suspect this result has very little to do with the candidate we fielded, who is very good. Lembit is a joke and would do our party’s credibility no good whatsoever.

  • Which is, Liberal Neil, presumably why he appears to be under-performing the Assembly candidates, despite the fact that – unlike in their case – you could vote for him and still express a second preference.

  • Tony Dawson 4th May '12 - 8:14pm

    Thge reason Brian Paddick is underperforming the Assembly candidates is entirely due to the highly-polarised media -dominated head-to-head between Boris and Ken. Nothing at al lto do with Brian’s qualities which I believe have improved over the past 4 years.

  • Steve Deller 4th May '12 - 9:28pm

    Now we should adopt a policy of a referendum on abolition of the GLA and Mayor. The rest of the country has seen this system for the failure it is. Let Londonm rid itself of his pointless expensive albatross.

  • “Now we should adopt a policy of a referendum on abolition of the GLA and Mayor.”

    After getting only 4% in the mayoral election? That might not be the most brilliant timing.

  • Paul McKeown 5th May '12 - 12:18am

    Sorry to see Brian Paddick beaten into fourth place. He has always seemed decent and sincere. Jenny Jones did run a good campaign, though.

  • Steve Deller 5th May '12 - 1:14am

    Chris …it’s the policy we should have had for this election..

  • Kevin Maher 5th May '12 - 9:04am

    With two assembly members elected we must have received about 10 per cent of the assembly vote. Does anyone know the exact figure?

  • I agree with David’s view of Lembit. We need to make better use of the assets we have.

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