Saturday, 5 May 2012
And the winner is....
After what can only be described as one of the tenser nights that I have spent in a pub the results of the 2012 elections are in and it is just as I hoped Boris Johnson has won another 4 years as the Mayor of London. In a night that saw technological failures, several recounts and some very nervous looking activists the news came as welcome relief.
This election saw some surprise results in London and elsewhere in the UK. In London it must have come as a bit of a shock to the Lib Dems to see Brian Paddick come in 4th after being beaten by the Green Party. After being defeated by Boris for a second time Ken Livingstone has now officially resigned from Politics. The voter turn out for London was a rather disappointing 38%. However, on the plus the BNP lost their seat on the GLA and their seats in various other councils.
Outside of the M25 the Conservatives lost a large number of councils to Labour reflecting Labour's 11% lead in the polls. The Lib Dems suffered too and it looks like Call me Dave and Calamity Clegg may be in need of a reshuffle and may need to come up with some fresh ideas.
That's my rather brief summary of the results. Now back to the dissertation, can concentrate now that I know London is safe for another 4 years.