London Mayoral & Assembly results

Thanks very much to everybody who supported my campaign, including the almost 100 volunteers who helped me. I’m proud of our campaign. We stood up for liberal values – and showed that it’s possible to talk about Brexit in a way that’s relevant to everyone’s lives.

 

I’m going to go have a Nando’s with my kids tonight.

 

Then tomorrow it’s onto the campaign trail to make sure we stop Brexit. Once that’s done, we can get more Liberal Democrats elected in 2020.

 

See you all soon, Rob.

 

The results are below.

 

Mayor

  1. Siobhan Benita
  2. Rob Blackie
  3. Dinesh Dhamija
  4. Lucy Salek

I’m delighted to see Siobhan as our Mayoral candidate. I’ve got to know her on the campaign trail and she will be fantastic. I look forward to working with her.

 

Assembly

I was placed 6th on the London Assembly list.

To explain what might look like a big gap, I got the 2nd highest number of 1st preference votes for the London Assembly, but after transfers (ie people’s second preferences) and adjustments to make sure we have a list that reflects London’s diversity, I was placed sixth.

I’ve campaigned for a more diverse political system for 20 years – so I’m delighted that these rules apply (even to me!) and that we have our most diverse list of candidates ever.

1 thought on “London Mayoral & Assembly results”

  1. Many thanks Rob, for your highly interesting presentation yesterday evening on Brexit to the Putney Group. As you may remember, I am the person who asked about our response to the ‘project fear’ line the opposition deployed so successfully in the 2016 referendum, and afterwards about our response to the feeling (for which I can vouch) that it would be illegitimate to try to undermine the legitimate decision taken in 2016. My concerns here are not about your lines deployed in mainstream Putney to improve our turn out among the mainly remain voting public there; but rather with the need to win over the floating voter in leave-voting areas where the arguments of the ‘vote leave’ people would be resonating around the neighbourhood, fuelled by some very hurt feelings over the legitimacy issue and assisted probably by a very visible poster campaign. In this context, I wonder if I might suggest briefly a couple of answers to my own questions.

    (a) On the project fear issue, we are now in the situation where ill effects are not just forecasts for the future, but in some cases hard facts about our current situation. Amongst these are (a) the fact that food has been becoming more expensive because the exchange rate dropped sharply after the Brexit decision (notwithstanding that some of the ground has since been recovered) (b) Nissan has cancelled their planned increase in capacity in the North East (c) Dyson has decided to relocate his HQ to Singapore (d) for labour supporting swing voters, though not for Tory ones,we also have the advice of Trade union voices to help.

    On my second concern, on legitimacy, I have no easy answer, but I would suggest that we listen to what Tory grandees of the ‘remain’ persuasion are saying to fellow Tories when it comes to addressing the swing Tory supporting voter. The dominant message I have picked up, from the likes of Chris Patten, John Major, and recently the younger Johnson, is that, in the words of the Younger Johnson, the leave campaign in 2016 was far too optimistic; it gave pledges it could never fulfil, and failed to acknowledge difficulties in store. This is also the key argument the Economist journal has made when supporting the idea of a second referendum. This argument seems important because it starts to undermine the legitimacy of the result. Unfortunately much of this optimism relates to what is still in the future, and therefore open to the ‘project fear’ defence; but some now has been visible disproved. One lies in the claim I can recall Michael Gove making when campaigning that the UK could naturally and easily join a free trade area which stretched from Turkey to Iceland via various implausible countries en route. As it is, we are having difficulty even maintaining free trade across the channel. Also many claims made by Brexiteers about the strength of the UK’s negotiating position and how easy the negotiations would be are now visibly false.

    So my plea is that we do not base all our messages on claims about the future by ‘experts’ or by Lib Dems whom the ‘leave’ side will not believe ; we do need some based on verifiable facts , as people such as Chuka Umunna and the Younger Johnson have been indicating.

    Hope this helps

    Hugh Brown
    (Secretary, Wandsworth Lib Dems)

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