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Mayor says Tory rival is a 'joke'

Ken Livingstone campaigning on Wednesday
The mayor said it was not an election for Have I Got News For You's host

London Mayor Ken Livingstone has described Boris Johnson as a "joke" on the last day of campaigning before the mayoral elections.

The mayor said his Tory rival was managed by political advisers and voters did not know what he stood for.

Mr Johnson said the mayor was "out of date" and that his administration "was beset by allegations of sleaze".

The Lib Dem's Brian Paddick said he will not take part in "Punch and Judy politics".

The three main candidates have been criss-crossing London, ahead of polling day on Thursday.

Boris Johnson campaigning on Wednesday
Mr Johnson said he was optimistic about London's future

Mr Johnson has been speaking to commuters at Waterloo station, Mr Livingstone has been meeting people in east London and Mr Paddick has been speaking to elderly people in south London.

Unveiling a campaign poster in West Ham, Mr Livingstone warned voters not to "risk" London by voting for Mr Johnson.

The billboard ad, which will also be printed on postcards and sent to one million Londoners, reads: "Don't vote for a joke. Vote for London."

Mr Livingstone said: "It's not an election for the host of Have I Got News For You or a celebrity mayor.

Brian Paddick campaigning on Wednesday
Brian Paddick is listening to London's communities

"It's about who is best placed to run an 11bn budget every year."

Mr Johnson has emailed 500,000 Londoners to encourage them to vote for him.

He said: "Tomorrow you have a choice between new policies and fresh energy from a new mayor in City Hall or more of the same from a tired, out-of-date administration that is beset by allegations of sleaze.

"I am optimistic about London's future and believe we can make London a greater place to live in."

Mr Paddick said: "We are talking to, and listening to, different communities right across London and we will be working for them.

"I am not getting involved in Ken and Boris's Punch and Judy politics."

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  Councillors Councils
Party +/- Total +/- Total
CON 257 3155 12 65
LAB -334 2365 -9 18
LD 33 1804 1 12
PC 31 205 -1 0
OTH 10 898 0 0
NOC - - -3 64
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Overall results
Name Party Votes
Johnson CON 1,168,738
Livingstone LAB 1,028,966
Paddick LD 878,097
Berry GRN 409,101

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Party Constit' Top-up Total seats
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LAB 6 2 8
LD 0 3 3
GRN 0 2 2
BNP 0 1 1

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