London mayoral election, 2000

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London mayoral election, 2000
United Kingdom
4 May 2000 → 2004

  Ken Livingstone - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2008 (cropped).jpg Steven Norris.jpg
Candidate Ken Livingstone Steven Norris
Party Independent Conservative
Popular vote 776,417 564,137
Percentage 57.9%  42.1% 

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Candidate Frank Dobson Susan Kramer
Party Labour Liberal Democrat
Popular vote 223,884 203,452
Percentage 13.1% 11.9%


First preference votes by London Assembly constituency. Blue constituencies are those with most first preference votes for Steven Norris and purple those for Ken Livingstone

Mayor before election

Position established

Elected Mayor

Ken Livingstone

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The first election to the office of Mayor of London took place on 4 May 2000. The election was won by Independent candidate, Ken Livingstone, who solidly defeated the Conservative candidate Steven Norris in what remains the largest margin of victory for a mayoral candidate.

This remains the last election which was not won by a candidate representing the Labour Party or Conservative Party. The percentage of the popular vote which was won by Ken Livingstone remains the largest ever achieved by a winning candidate for mayor.


Mayor of London election 4 May 2000 [1]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % 2nd Round Total  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Independent Ken Livingstone 667,877 39.0% 108,540 776,417
Conservative Steven Norris 464,434 27.1% 99,703 564,137
Labour Frank Dobson 223,884 13.1%
Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer 203,452 11.9%
Christian Peoples Ram Gidoomal 43,060 2.4%
Green Darren Johnson 38,121 2.2%
BNP Michael Newland 33,569 2.0%
UKIP Damian Hockney 16,324 1.0%
Pro-Motorist Small Shop Geoffrey Ben-Nathan 9,956 0.6%
Independent Ashwin Tanna 9,015 0.5%
Natural Law Geoffrey Clements 5,470 0.3%
Independent win
  • 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.


Candidate selection[edit]

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 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 perjury during a 1987 libel trial (he was later convicted and imprisoned).


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