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Evening Standard: Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone now neck and neck in City Hall race

23/04/2012

Pippa Crerar, City Hall Editor

The race for City Hall was neck and neck today as Boris Johnson suffered fall-out from the woes of the Tory party, an exclusive poll shows.

Mr Johnson is ahead by just two points — 51 to 49 in a run-off — after Labour voters began to trickle back to Ken

Livingstone, according to the YouGov survey. The last three major polls had put Mr Johnson six points ahead.

The Mayor has attempted to distance himself from the string of problems faced by the Tory-led coalition government since the Budget. Until now he appeared to have successfully limited the impact of rows over “granny tax”, charitable giving and fuel supplies on his campaign.

But the poll of 1,138 Londoners, as the contest enters its final full week before May 3, shows that Labour has now opened up a 19 point lead over the Conservatives in Westminster voting, suggesting the party’s problems nationally are starting to bite.

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