London Mayoral Election: All the latest news live


Visit this page to track all the Mayoral Election 2012 news as it breaks in the run-up to the election on Thursday

@9.30am – LondonlovesBusiness.com – Boris Johnson set to beat Ken Livingstone in mayoral elections

Friday, 4 May

@15.43pm – The Evening StandardFinal Poll puts Boris in the lead – “Tory on course to win backed by Labour voters.”

@15.42pm – Last minute campaign video from Ken featuring Eddie Izzard and actor Roger Lloyd-Pack:

@12.46pm – Police have been called in to defuse a potential “punch up” at Tower Hamets polling station – Police call for reinforcements at polling station fracas

@12.43pm – According to reports turnout for polling today could be at an all time low at around 33 per cent.

@robandale: “Had a few tweeps reporting turnout feels lower than would be expected at this point in day. Agree? #le12 #3may #londonelects”

@ 9.03am – The TelegraphLondon mayoral election 2012: how Boris and Ken’s records compare

“Currently the Conservatives’ Boris Johnson leads in the polls, with 52 per cent of the vote versus 48 per cent, after second preferences are taken into account.”

@ 1.46am – City AmKen and Boris: The Story So Far

@ 00.38am – Road.ccMayoral Election: Jenny Jones and Ken Livingstone get the vote from Londoners On Bikes

“The campaign group Londoners On Bikes is urging voters to put the Green Party’s Jenny Jones as their first preference on their ballot papers, with Labour’s Ken Livingstone second.”

Trending on Twitter: @AndrewBloch: Great polling station sign #londonelects

Trending on Twitter: @AndrewBloch: Great polling station sign #londonelects

Trending on Twitter: @AndrewBloch: Great polling station sign #londonelects

A few words from Boris Johnson this morning:

The Evening Standard’s latest YouGov poll puts Boris ahead and racing towards a 53:47 win – Poll puts Boris Johnson ahead by six points in Mayor race

LondonlovesBusiness.com – Charlie Mullins: “Livingstone must NOT get in today”

“London needs a dynamic innovative mayor, there is no doubt about that.  Ken just does not have it.” 

Thursday, 3 May

LondonlovesBusiness.com – Ken mounts final attack as bookie pays out on Boris victory

“Ken Livingstone has launched a final attack on Boris Johnson’s policies of “social division” as one bookmaker pays out on a victory for the incumbent mayor.”

@07.54am – Guardian – Brian Coleman: will the edifice of indignation fall?

“Should Boris Johnson prevail over Ken Livingstone in Thursday’s mayoral vote, enemies of ultra-Conservativism in London might be served a cup of consolation in the form of the defeat of his noisiest City Hall ally.”

@1.45am – City AM – Allister Heath: Why Boris Johnson is by far the best choice for Londoners

“TOMORROW is decision time for Londoners. Our great city is at a crossroads: it must choose who to elect as its mayor at a time of extreme economic uncertainty and just months before the Olympics, when the eyes of the world will be on London.”

Wednesday 2 May

LondonlovesBusiness.comOne in five Labour voters can’t stick Ken (but they love Bonking Bozza)

“To win votes in the mayoral election this Thursday, how much will “likeability” play a part? After all, a Londoner might be a faithful Tory voter but find Boris excruciating.”

London Evening StandardBusiness leaders back Boris to drive recovery

“Bosses from some of Britain’s major firms today backed Boris Johnson to win a second term as London Mayor. Among the business leaders to support the Tory candidate are those running Odeon and UCI Cinemas, pub chain JD Wetherspoon, advertising giant WPP and the restaurant empire which includes The Ivy and J Sheekey.”


@4.36pm – The Telegraph – Boris says he is ‘different’ from the Tories

“Mr Johnson said the result of Thursday’s election would show whether David Cameron’s plummeting poll ratings had compromised his own chances of success.”


@3.57pm – The Te
legraph –
Twitter data ‘predicts Boris Johnson victory’

“The most recent opinion polls put Mr Johnson, who writes a column for The Daily Telegraph, four points ahead of his Labour rival, and the lead is seemingly reflected in online activity.”


London Evening Standard – Boris Johnson: I’ll get capital through tough times with 200,000 jobs

“Boris Johnson will appoint a deputy mayor for the economy if he wins the race for City Hall, the Standard has learned.”


@12.35pmReutersLast stand or comeback? Livingstone fights for London

Derided as “Red Ken” by his opponents on the right but loved by many Londoners after decades of activism in their city, Ken Livingstone may be fighting his last great political battle as he campaigns to regain control of the British capital in its Olympic year.


@1.53am – City AMKen pins his hopes on anti-Tory sentiment ahead of polling day

“KEN Livingstone yesterday launched his final push to be elected Mayor of London under the slogan “Don’t let the Tories get away with it.” “


@1.55am – City AMBoris demands Heathrow ends customs chaos

“MAYOR Boris Johnson has expressed “serious concern” about long immigration queues at Heathrow airport and demanded to know how the UK Border Force will ensure that delays are kept to a minimum during the Olympics.”

Tuesday, 1 May

London Evening Standard – Boris Johnson takes four-point lead over Ken Livingstone in Standard poll

“Boris Johnson today increased his lead over Ken Livingstone as the race for City Hall entered its final week.”


@2.24pm – Snipe – Boris Johnson’s sweary tirade at BBC London reporter

“Boris Johnson today told a BBC London reporter to “stuff [Tim] Donovan and his f***ing boll*cks” after he was asked a question about his links to News International.”


@7.01am – Guardian – What stopped Boris Johnson from appearing on the Sunday Politics?

“Boris Johnson turned down an invitation to be interviewed yesterday by the London section of the BBC’s flagship Sunday Politics show, despite his only serious rival for the mayoralty Ken Livingstone appearing last week and Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones previously.”


@3:59am – City AM – Fear of election fraud ahead of vote for mayor

“POLITICIANS last night warned of a “serious collapse of confidence” in London’s electoral system after City A.M. discovered a flat that has just two adult residents – but seven active voters.”



“BORIS Johnson is set to gain control of suburban rail services after the transport secretary Justine Greening gave City A.M. the strongest indication yet that she is willing to hand him control of key commuter routes if he is re-elected on Thursday.”


@4.20am – City AM – Panel says government omnishambles have hit Boris’s shot at a second term – but he’ll still win

“MORE than 70 per cent of our readers’ panel think that recent political turmoil – including the Conservative party’s slipping poll scores and the UK’s return to recession – have harmed Boris Johnson’s chances of re-election as London Mayor.”

Monday, 30 April