Well, we’ve waited all day for the London result, and it was sure worth waiting for.
A high turnout, one of the highest ever in London; over a million first preference votes for Boris; and a majority of almost 150,000 on the first preference votes, and 140,000 on the combined first and second. 53% of the vote for Boris and 47% for Ken.
The London Mayoral election is quite unlike any other. The media attention and the pressure are enormous. I was there for the first ever Mayoral election in 2000. We had a basement headquarters office for our inner team, and every time we stuck our noses outside there were a couple of TV crews there. I know how hard Boris’s team has worked this time. If it was anything like us it was 18 hours a day, seven days a week. So congratulations to Boris’s team, and to all the London Conservative Associations for their hard work.
I have to be a bit biased and say that Steve Norris was a strong and popular candidate on two occasions. I believe that if he had stood again, in the current political climate, he would have won. But that takes nothing from what Boris has done.
The first Conservative Mayor of London – congratulations and we’re expecting great things from you.