- London mayoral election, 2000
election_name = London mayoral election, 2000
country = Greater London
ongoing = no
type = presidential
previous_election = PAGENAME
previous_year = None
next_election = London mayoral election, 2004
next_year = 2004
4 May 2000
1blank = First preference
2blank = Popular vote
3blank = Percentage
4blank = Second preference
5blank = Popular vote
6blank = Percentage
candidate1 = Ken Livingstone
party1 = Independent (politician)
popular_vote1 =776,427 (final)
percentage1 =57.9% (final)
candidate2 = Steven Norris
party2 = Conservative Party (UK)
popular_vote2 =564,137 (final)
percentage2 =42.1% (final)
candidate3 = Frank Dobson
party3 = Labour Party (UK)
popular_vote3 =Not in final round
percentage3 =Not in final round
map_size = 150px
map_caption = London shown within the United Kingdom
title = Mayor
before_election = None
before_party = None
after_party = Independent (politician)The first election to the office of
Mayor of Londontook place on 4 May 2000.
Supplementary Votesystem, if no candidate receives 50% of 1st choice votes, 2nd choice votes are added to the result for the top two 1st choice candidates. If a ballot gives a first and second preference to the top two candidates in either order, then their second preference is not counted, so that a second preference cannot count against a first, hence why the “total” vote for Livingstone and Norris is not the sum of first and second preferences.
²Percentage figures are not officially used on the final votes, they are produced here for illustration and are calculated by the candidates final vote divided by the total of final votes.
*Turnout: 1,752,303 (34.43%)
*As the ballot papers are counted electronically, totals for all second preferences are available, even though some did not contribute to the final result.
* Geoffrey Ben-Nathan stood as a PRO-MaSS (Pro-motorist and Small Shop) candidate, campaigning on a platform of stopping the use of motorists as "wallets on wheels". [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/special_report/1999/11/99/battle_for_london/candidates/g_nathan.stm Profile of Ben-Nathan] on
* Dr. Geoffrey Clements ran for the
Natural Law Party, of which he was the leader. A doctor of physicsfrom the University of Sussex, he also trained as a teacher in the techniques of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/special_report/1999/11/99/battle_for_london/candidates/g_clements.stm Profile of Clements] from bbc.co.uk]
* Frank Dobson (born March 15, 1940), the Labour Party candidate, was the MP for Holborn and St. Pancras.
* Prof. Ram Gidoomal CBE, a businessman and author originally from
British East Africaran for the Christian Peoples Alliance. [ [http://www.sharejesusinternational.org/main.php?page_id=92 Profile of Gidoomal] ]
* Damian Hockney was a leading member of the
United Kingdom Independence Party. He has since been a member of Veritas and is now the leader of One London.
* Darren Johnson (born 1966) was a leading member of the
Green Party of England and Waleswho was elected to the London Assemblyin 2000.
* Susan Kramer (born 22 July 1950) was the candidate for the Liberal Democrats. She has since been elected MP for Richmond Park.
* Ken Livingstone (born 17 June 1945) had been leader of the
Greater London Counciland MP for Brent East, both for the Labour Party.
* Michael Newland was the candidate for the
British National Party, at the time serving as the party's national treasurer. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/special_report/1999/11/99/battle_for_london/candidates/m_newland.stm Profile of Newland] from bbc.co.uk] Previously associated with the National Front he has since joined the Freedom Party. [ [http://www.freedompartyuk.net/welcome.html Freedom Party website] ]
* Steven Norris (born May 24, 1945) had served the Conservative Party as MP for both Oxford East and Epping Forest.
* Ashwinkumar Tanna, who had been a candidate for UKIP in the
Tottenham by-election, 2000, ran on an independent ticket with a range of policies including opposing privatisation of London Underground, local involvement in policing and the establishment of a city-wide business forum. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/special_report/1999/11/99/battle_for_london/candidates/a_tanna.stm Profile of Tanna] on bbc.co.uk]
Ken Livingstone had sought the Labour Party nomination but was defeated by Frank Dobson. He described the result as "tainted" because the election system gave greater weight to the votes of London Labour MPs rather than rank-and-file party members, and decided to contest the election as an Independent candidate. On handing in nomination papers he was automatically expelled from membership of the Labour Party.
Steve Norris had lost the original selection ballot for Conservative candidate to
Jeffrey Archer, but Archer stood down as a candidate when a newspaper printed a story accusing him of committing perjuryduring a 1987 libeltrial (he was later convicted and imprisoned).
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