UK & World News
Boris Expected To Win London Mayor Race
Boris Johnson is hoping to restore some pride to an election-battered Tory party by being re-elected as London mayor.
The Conservatives have suffered major defeats in local elections across the country, losing hundreds of seats to Labour.
The Lib Dems have also lost heavily in a swathe of bad results for the coalition.
But as counting continued into Friday evening, the numbers suggested Mr Johnson, the Tory candidate for London mayor, would win a second term.
Michael Thrasher, from the University of Plymouth, told Sky News it would take a "very spectacular result indeed" for him not to be re-elected.
Election organiser London Elects was not releasing figures for ballot papers counted, but graphs on its website showed a clear early advantage for Mr Johnson in first-preference votes.
However, it was almost certainly not enough to take him over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second-round run-off against Labour's Ken Livingstone.
Sky News chief political correspondent Jon Craig said this afternoon: "I'm hearing at City Hall that with about two-thirds of votes counted, Boris has 45%, Ken 40%.
"The Independent candidate is neck-and-neck with Green and Lib Dem."
Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrats) was trailing well behind the two front-runners, apparently locked in a battle for third, fourth and fifth places with Jenny Jones (Green) and Siobhan Benita (Independent), the website showed.
The role of London mayor commands the largest personal mandate in British politics, and the contest to run the capital is central to the Conservatives' strategy.
Although most local election results were announced overnight, full results for the London mayoral contest are not expected until this evening.
As well as the London battle, 10 cities from across the country held referendums on whether to have elected mayors.
Nottingham and Manchester were among cities to reject the idea - another major blow for Mr Cameron, who supports the idea.
Nottingham voted "no" by a margin of 57.5% to 42.5%, on a turnout of less than 24%.
Nottingham City Council's Labour leader, Jon Collins, said: "This was a referendum imposed on us by the coalition Government which the majority of local people clearly did not agree with.
"I am pleased with this outcome because an elected mayor would have been expensive and unnecessary.
"This outcome shows that local people recognise we have a system in Nottingham which is working well for them and the city."
what do you think?
Johnson is a typical airheaded spoilt boy and fits well into the terrible Tory strategy. With Cameron not knowing the price of a bottle of milk; I would suspect that Johnson has no idea where it even comes from and thinks that it is 'grown' at the dairy. Why does the British voter suffer tyrants and blithering idiots so easily? It really is about time that a decent set of Politicians was voted in and constantly reminded who put them there and why they are there. The voter must take a more pro-active stance and not just sit back and wait until the next elections to try someone else. Don't forget; they are in for themselves first; their cronies and spoilt boys second, with us running after the tailgate a poor third; and you voters gave them permission to do it!! THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE!!!
at least boris is genuine and works for london ken is working for himself and others who are silent benifactors
and if its not Boris Arthur who?
And who would you suggest we vote in? The lib dems? Who have about as much bite as a toothless old dog? Labour? The people that love to play the "Tories are evil millionaires" card but are all educated to the same level and sold peerages for money?
Sure your Christian name's not Tony?
at any cost keep livigstone out he must not become mayor he is not transparent
Unlke Boris, whose deceit and bluster you can see right through
Welcome back Grant......Oh and very well said!
When looking at the appalling turn out I would like any party to be brave enough to make voting mandatory as in Australia and anyone not voting, heavily fined.
At one time I would have agreed with you, but the danger is that people might take their revenge by voting for candidates that were frivolous.
This comment has been removed for violations of our Terms and Conditions.
Who says londoners dont have a sence of humour? they keep voting this muppet in as mayor someone somewhere must be having a laugh
I know! He looks as manic as hell!
Vote for Boris.......... Londoners love a clown, remember the 'Carry on' films!
Breaking News Surprise reports coming in that London Mayor vote too close to call, but Ken is just in the lead.
He never was Grant!
Wow, that's interesting news Grant... I didn't think Ken had a hope!
Boris is going to cause hardship and homelessness to thousands so i hope anyone who voted him in is ready to do their share of volunteering at their local shelter and soup kitchen
You need your bumps read! How is Boris going to make any body homeless and in hardship? Is he going to take their oyster card away? Get a grip not one person can cause that amount of trouble, not even Boris!
He's already pushed plans through where i live. Affordable housing is only affordable if you earn in the region of 52k in this borough and the intention is to raise social housing rents to 80% of market rent (approx 1500 pcm in my area). Its called social cleansing, very popular with tories. Take off your blue tinted glasses and look past the end of your bank statement
Well said jenny......and backed up by your figures!
Lets hope he wins and then attacks Cameron and Clegg
Once Ken has finally got the message that nobody likes the newt lover and gives it all up, then Boris will be out on his ear! We are not a socialist country and never will be, Any extremism is treated with disdain and fought against! Hopefully then we will get the Mayor that London deserves! Not the money-grabber or the buffoon!
If I were a Londoner - I would be thankful that Ken Livingstone lost! But having said that - it is a poor reflection on our country in the 21st century when these two candidates were all we could muster as front runners. Sorry - but I personally do not see either sufficiently busineslike and presentable to be in such a prestigeous post - especially this year! Also disgraceful is the political parties combined real membership being lower than the Caravan Club membership - they are totally unrepresentative of the vast majority of votersw. Also the very low turn out in these polls is another dissapointment. Bristol's Mayor has been elected and handed tremendous power and authority on a relative handful of voters say so. This is not true democracy at work, not in in my book anyway.
well done Boris
To Jenny The soup kitchen would be the norm if Labour brankrupt the country again. I bet you're one of those who the rest of pay taxes to keep.
Sorry to upset you but i don't receive a penny in benefits. I work, my husband works, my son works, the others are in full time education and i look after and support my mother. Oh yes, and i live in london. I assume you're a flag waving tory airhead yourself judging by your assumptions
.....and that is whats wrong with tis country!
I love it, I love it! Liverpool lose at Wembley and Livingstone loses in London! I love all the sour grapes from poor losers!