London’s Green party are to vote on whether to recommend supporters give their second preference votes in May’s Mayoral election to Ken Livingstone.
When voting for Mayor, Londoners are able to cast one vote for their first preference candidate and one vote for their second preference.
If no candidate secures more than 50% of the first preference votes, the two highest scoring candidates go through to a second round and all second preference votes allocated to the candidate they were cast for.
The candidate with the highest number of first and second preference votes is then elected Mayor.
In an email to members, the party says London Assembly Member Darren Johnson has audited the manifestos of both Livingstone and Mayor Boris Johnson “to see how they match up to the Green Party’s own vision for London.”
The email states “On the mayoral scorecard, Ken Livingstone gets 5/10 and Boris Johnson gets 1/10. Clearly, Ken Livingstone gets a more favourable score than Boris Johnson but still falls well short of where the Green Party stands on issues like roadbuilding, ethical finance, pay inequality and air pollution.”
Livingstone has been invited to address the Green party’s London Federation next week.
Members present “will have the opportunity to put questions to Ken Livingstone for one hour and to try and secure commitments from him on his areas of weakness.”
After the Q&A members will be balloted on whether to recommend endorsing Livingstone.
London elects a new Mayor and London Assembly on May 3rd. Mayoral candidates include Boris Johnson (Conservative), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Jenny Jones (Green), Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat) and Lawrence Webb (UKIP).