Conservative London Mayoral Candidate Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson Elected Mayor of London

May 05, 2008 04:15 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Final results of London's mayoral election were tallied late Friday, May 2, solidifying the Conservative's defeat of Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone.

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"Floppy-haired media celebrity" Boris Johnson's strong personality was too much for the Labour party, according to an article in the New York Times. The final tally of 1,168,783 to 1,028,966 was "a sure sign of a deep national weariness with the Labour government," said the article.

An official count had not been released by midday Friday, May 2, 2008, but according to the London Evening Standard, Labour party officials said the Conservative's early lead over Livingstone was insurmountable.

Also at stake in the elections were 159 local councils throughout England and Wales. The Labour party lost 331 seats, while Conservatives gained 256 seats, reports the New York Times. 

In its worst election results in at least four decades, the Labour Party won an estimated 24 percent of the councils, with the Conservative Tories taking 44 percent, and the Liberal Democrats winning 25 percent.

Adding insult to injury for the Labour Party, newly elected party general secretary David Pitt-Watson quit before ever taking office. Contract issues related to his previous position frustrated Pitt-Watson, reports The Guardian.

Final mayoral results were expected to be delayed due to polling staff interference and high voter turnout, reported The Independent

Some feel that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will face greater pressure to “show a clear direction for the government,” now that his party has had such a weak showing, said a BBC editorial.

Local council results, however, may not truly reflect the nation’s attitude towards Gordon Brown and the Labour Party, The Economist argues.

Headline Links: The Labour Party debacle

Related Link: Crunching Labour’s pitiable numbers

Opinion & Analysis: The impact on Gordon Brown

Key Players: Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson


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