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Saturday, May 3, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Yesterday, I noted the poor showing of the Labour Party in local elections in Britain. Not only did they lose a lot of council seats, they lost the mayoralty of London (via the BBC): Johnson wins London mayoral race

Boris Johnson has won the race to become the next mayor of London - ending Ken Livingstone’s eight-year reign at City Hall.

The Conservative candidate won with 1,168,738 first and second preference votes, compared with Mr Livingstone’s 1,028,966 on a record turnout of 45%.

It is worth noting that the office has only been an elected one since 2000, and therefore this is the first transfer of power from one elected mayor to another, as Livingstone won election in 2000 and was re-elected in 2004.

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  1. Local elections are notoriously bad predictors of future national.

    Also worth noting is that the London mayor is elected by a variant of the “instant runoff”.

    Comment by MSS — Monday, May 5, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

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