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Exclusive Times poll reveals victory for boris

PUBLISHED: 19:03 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:47 16 August 2010

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AS the capital went to the voting booths today an exclusive Times poll shows Conservative candidate Boris Johnson to be Bromley s clear front runner for mayor of London. Mr Johnson was first choice for a whopping 51 per cent of those surveyed in the bor

AS the capital went to the voting booths today an exclusive Times poll shows Conservative candidate Boris Johnson to be Bromley's clear front runner for mayor of London.

Mr Johnson was first choice for a whopping 51 per cent of those surveyed in the borough with Labour hopeful Ken Livingstone way back in second place with just 27 per cent of the votes.

Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick came third place with seven per cent and Green Party Siân Berry came fourth with five per cent in the poll that surveyed a cross section of 75 people in Bromley and Chislehurst.

Meanwhile British National Party (BNP) candidate, Richard Barnbrook, lagged behind with just over one per cent. The remaining five candidates received no votes and eight percent of people had still not made up their mind when we held our poll on Tuesday.

Mother-of-two, Freda Johnnsson, 55, said: "I'm definitely voting for Boris. The congestion charge has been a disaster which costs everyone money even if they don't go in to London. I don't like Labour policies and crime is getting worse."

Banker Andrew Morris, 32, said he will vote for Boris even though he doesn't like him, but added: "I can't think of one thing Ken's done that I like. Transport is ridiculous in the outer boroughs and affordable housing doesn't work."

Meanwhile, the BNP will be getting the vote from builder Lee Spank, 39, of Bromley Hill, Downham. He said: "Everyone thinks they're racist but they talk sense. I'm not racist, I just agree with their policies."

The Times poll results were not a surprise to politics professor Nirmala Rao, from Goldsmiths University. She said: "Bromley has always been a very conservative area and nothing much will change there. It's comfortably predictable that Boris would get the majority of votes.

"My prediction is that Boris will become mayor. He has presented a very lively challenge to Livingstone, making this election different to previous ones because he's never had any serious contenders.

"Ken's second term has not been as successful as his first, he's not made as big an impact."

A YouGov poll followed suit with the Times survey on Monday, suggesting Johnson had an 11 point lead on Livingstone, his biggest in nearly a month.

The results of the London Mayoral election will be announced tomorrow. Polling stations will stay open across the borough until 10pm this evening.

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