Yesterday evening, I was at City Hall in London to watch the Mayoral
proceedings unfold. While the evening delivered the expected result of a Boris victory — incidentally, YouGov was the most accurate pollster once again, with Peter Kellner calling 52 vs 48 to Boris at 7:30pm — it was
a tense affair. Missing ballot boxes and broken counting machines in Brent and Harrow delayed the final announcement until nearly midnight.
Amid the confusion, I managed to speak to Dan Hodges, Blairite blogger with the Telegraph, who said early on he still believed that Boris would prevail and discussed Ed Miliband’s egging in Southampton. The LSE’s London election expert Tony Travers provided some insight into how the second preference voting system
works and Chuka Umanna, the Labour MP for Streatham, told me he was delighted with Labour’s 800+ gains in the local elections but was unsure of a Ken victory. He also clearly ruled out running for
Mayor himself in 2016.
Here are the audio clips for CoffeeHousers:
6:00pm – Dan Hodges on Labour’s performance today
7:30pm – Tony Travers from the London School of Economics on how close the race remains