Scale of Lib Dem mayoral vote collapse in Kingston revealed
7:00am Tuesday 5th June 2012 in News
The scale of the collapse in votes for Liberal Democrats during the London mayoral elections has been revealed in a detailed breakdown of Kingston’s wards.
Nearly six out of every 10 voters who backed the Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick four years ago defected.
Boris Johnson won in 15 of the 16 wards, in a repeat of the 2008 election.
Chairman of Kingston and Surbiton’s Conservative Association Colin Suckling said: “The solidity of our vote demonstrates we have retained the confidence of voters, unlike the Liberal Democrats, whose past voters have defected in droves to other parties.
“Kingston is no longer the two-horse race it used to be.”
But Lib Dem council leader Derek Osbourne said the Conservatives had predicted his party’s downfall after every European or mayoral election.
He said: “The mayoral election result was not good for us, there’s no doubt about that. If you look back in time you will find we do far worse locally in Kingston on mayoral elections and European elections.
“One should never extrapolate with so few people out and especially with a different system.”
Mr Paddick, a former policeman, received 7,904 first choice votes in 2008 but just 3,096 this time.
His second choice votes also halved from 16,880 to 9,684.
Boris Johnson won all but one ward in Kingston receiving the lion’s share of votes everywhere except Norbiton, where Ken Livingstone won by a 6 per cent margin.
Boris: 25,849 first choice votes in Kingston (compared with 26,349 in 2008) Ken: 11,963 first choice votes (14,601 in 2008) Brian: 3,096 first choice votes (7,904 in 2008)