NEW POLL: who would you give your second preference to in the London mayoral race?

by Stephen Tall on April 7, 2008

We’re guessing most Lib Dem Voice readers (the Lib Dem ones living in London, anyway) would choose to vote for the party’s mayoral candidate in the capital, Brian Paddick. And of course we hope he will win: he’s the only candidate who deserves to.

But even the most optimistic Lib Dem would recognise that Brian isn’t going to triumph on first preferences alone. Which begs the question, who would you place as your second preference in the race to be London mayor? After all, the Greens have opted for a bizarrely opportunistic shack-up with Gordon Brown’s Labour party, while the BNP have pledged to back Boris for second place.

The choice facing Lib Dems is one analysed today by Sunder Katwala, general secretary of the Fabian Society, who has published his letter to the Lib Dems’ eight London MPs in an article on The Guardian’s Comment Is Free website:

I know that one of the Liberal Democrats’ central arguments over many years for constitutional change and electoral reform is that this would encourage a pluralist politics and a grown-up political culture where parties can retain different beliefs and policies but cooperate where they have shared views and interests. So I think it would be natural to expect that you will want to use every opportunity afforded by the mayoral election to demonstrate the benefits of a pluralist approach to politics.

So, time to pop the question… Here are your five choices in our new poll:
* Ken Livingstone (Labour)
* Boris Johnson (Tory)
* Sian Berry (Green)
* AN Other candidate standing
* Will not use my second preference

And feel free to use the comments thread to justify your choice.

Result of last poll:

LDV asked: “Do you support the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill’s proposal to allow animal-human embryos for medical research?”

You said:

Yes: 249 (48%)
No: 256 (49%)
Don’t know: 17 (3%)
Total Votes: 522. Poll live: 24th March – 7th April, 2008

Either you lot are more socially conservative than we gave you credit for, or the poll was hijacked in some way. You decide.