Specific data released on the London Mayoral 2012 elections has revealed that former Brent East MP Ken Livingstone polled more than all the other candidates put together. Ken Livingstone won 54% of first preference votes, winning 22% more votes in Brent than the eventual winner of the overall election Boris Johnson who won 32% of the vote in Brent.
The vote spells bad news for the Liberals who’s candidate Brian Paddick only polled 5% in Brent.
There was more encouraging signs for Labour as Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member Navin Shah was the highest polling candidate in every single Ward in Brent. There is a huge drop in Lib Dem in Brnet with them coming an embarrassing third and even fourth in some wards where they have three Councillors!
In Brent and Harrow, our Labour London Assembly Member Navin Shah stormed to victory, increasing his majority from 2008 to nearly a whopping 30,000 votes.
UKIP/Fresh Choice for London
However, the great Ken Livingstone who served as my MP in the old Brent East seat was unable to gain the London Mayoralty against Boris Johnson. Nonetheless, the result was closer than expected.
In his speech after the result, Ken stated his intention not to stand for elected office again. He has been an asset to London throughout the years and will be remembered for being a great political figure in London. Regardless of your view of Ken, he has had a revolutionary impact on the City and will be considered part of the political fabric of London for many years.
Navin’s thumping re-election is great news for Labour in Brent and Harrow and I’m sure he will continue to be a formidable Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member.
Polling stations are now open all around the country. I am encouraging all to get out and vote… and vote well (by that I mean Labour of course!)
In London we have elections for the Mayor of London where Ken Livingstone is the Labour Party candidate. Those who want to give a first preference vote to a candidate other than Boris and Ken can still give Ken Livingstone their second preference vote and these will count towards the final result.
There are elections for the Greater London Assembly and Navin Shah is the Labour candidate for Brent and Harrow. In addition there is also a vote for a Party and I am also encouraging people to vote Labour on the list ballot paper.
Voters in Barnhill ward in the London Borough of Brent will also have an opportunity to vote in a Council by-election. Labour’s candidate for this election is Michael Pavey who will be a formidable colleague on Brent Council if elected on May 3rd.
The London Green Party on their website here is encouraging their members and supporters to vote for Jenny Jones as their first choice candidate to be Mayor of London and to use their second preference vote to support Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.
Ken has welcomed the move by the Greens to support him as their 2nd preference on his campaign website here – LINK
This left wing alliance makes perfect sense to me to counter the right wing Tory Liberal alliance.