It was a good night for the Tories on the London Assembly. Although they lost a seat, Bob Blackman’s in Brent & Harrow, they gained three London-wide seats so the number of Tory AMs went up by two to eleven. It was previously accepted wisdom amongst the Tories that they would never get any London-wide seats – strangely the loss of Brent & Harrow was part of the reason why they became available. The first two places go to very able Tory mayoral hopefuls Andrew Boff and Victoria Borwick. The third place goes to Bexley councillor Gareth Bacon who is also their cabinet member for environment. No doubt all three will be somewhat surprised to have new jobs.
With only four of the Tory old guard returning to the assembly the new Mayor will have a largely new team assembly members to support and challenge him.
Labour gained a seat but the LibDems were the big losers, losing two seats. The other losers were the One London (ex-UKIP) pair who have left the assembly.
The full assembly results are here.