Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London, his Liberal Democrat rival Brian Paddick conceded tonight.
The Conservative MP scored a stunning election victory to end Ken Livingstone's eight-year reign at City Hall and round off a disastrous 24 hours for the Labour Party.
After a nailbiting count, Mr Johnson was so far ahead on first-preference votes that he could not be caught by Mr Livingstone even after second preferences were taken into account.
Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick was the first to concede defeat: "I think Boris Johnson didn't really want the job. Now that he has got it, that might make him a better mayor."
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