Local and Mayoral elections

Although millions of people will descend on polling stations across the UK today to choose their candidate in local elections, it is the London mayoral race that has captured the most attention nationwide.

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Local and Mayoral elections


Although millions of people will descend on polling stations across the UK today to choose their candidate in local elections, it is the London mayoral race that has captured the most attention nationwide. The lead up to voting day has been dramatic, with recent polls suggesting that incumbent Conservative mayor Boris Johnson’s lead over former mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone has narrowed to between 2 and 4 per cent. Also bidding for the mayoral position are Siobhan Benita (Independent), Carlos Cortiglia (British National Party), Jenny Jones (Green Party), Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrats) and Lawrence James Webb (Fresh Choice for London). Results are due to be announced on the evening of Friday 4 May.




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