2004 London mayoral election
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Turnout36.95% Increase 2.55 pp
Candidate Ken Livingstone Steven Norris
Party Labour Conservative
First round vote 685,548 542,423
Percentage 36.8% 29.1%
Second round vote 828,390 667,180
Percentage 55.4% 44.6%

Candidate Simon Hughes Frank Maloney[a]
Party Liberal Democrats UKIP
First round vote 284,647 115,666
Percentage 15.3% 6.2%
Second round vote Eliminated Eliminated
Percentage Eliminated Eliminated

A coloured map of the boroughs of LondonCity of LondonLondon Borough of HillingdonLondon Borough of HounslowLondon Borough of Richmond upon ThamesRoyal Borough of Kingston upon ThamesLondon Borough of SuttonLondon Borough of CroydonLondon Borough of BromleyLondon Borough of BexleyLondon Borough of HaveringLondon Borough of RedbridgeLondon Borough of Waltham ForestLondon Borough of EnfieldLondon Borough of BarnetLondon Borough of HarrowLondon Borough of BrentLondon Borough of EalingLondon Borough of Hammersmith and FulhamRoyal Borough of Kensington and ChelseaCity of WestminsterLondon Borough of WandsworthLondon Borough of MertonLondon Borough of LambethLondon Borough of SouthwarkLondon Borough of LewishamRoyal Borough of GreenwichLondon Borough of Tower HamletsLondon Borough of NewhamLondon Borough of Barking and DagenhamLondon Borough of CamdenLondon Borough of IslingtonLondon Borough of HackneyLondon Borough of Haringey
First preference votes by London borough. Blue boroughs are those with most first preference votes for Steven Norris and red those for Ken Livingstone

Mayor before election

Ken Livingstone

Elected Mayor

Ken Livingstone

The 2004 election to the post of Mayor of London took place on 10 June 2004. It was being held on the same day as other local elections and the UK part of the 2004 European Parliament elections, so Londoners had a total of five votes on three ballot papers. Polling opened at 07:00 local time, and closed at 22:00. See: 2004 UK elections. The Supplementary Vote system was used.

Ken Livingstone gained the Labour party's nomination on 2 January 2004, three weeks after being re-admitted to the Labour Party, after deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, the previous candidate-elect, stepped down in favour of Livingstone.


Results by assembly constituency
Result by electoral ward
Mayor of London election 10 June 2004 [1]
Party Candidate 1st round 2nd round
 First round votes  Transfer votes 
Total Of round Transfers Total Of round
Labour Ken Livingstone 685,548 36.8% 142,842 828,390 55.4%
Conservative Steven Norris 542,423 29.1% 124,757 667,180 44.6%
Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes 284,647 15.3%
UKIP Frank Maloney 115,666 6.2%
Respect Lindsey German 61,731 3.3%
BNP Julian Leppert 58,407 3.1%
Green Darren Johnson 57,332 3.1%
CPA Ram Gidoomal 31,698 2.2%
Ind. Working Class Lorna Reid 9,452 0.5%
Independent Tammy Nagalingam 6,692 0.4%
Labour gain from Independent

Candidate selection


Main articles: 2002 London Labour Party mayoral selection and 2004 London Labour Party mayoral selection


Main article: 2003 London Conservative Party mayoral selection

Liberal Democrats

On 5 March 2003, Simon Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey and Frontbench Spokesman for Home Affairs was selected as the Liberal Democrats candidate over Susan Kramer, the Liberal Democrats 2000 candidate for the mayorship and the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Richmond Park, and environmentalist Donnachadh McCarthy.[2]

Candidate Votes %
Simon Hughes MP 3,168
Susan Kramer 1,762
Donnachadh McCarthy 163
Total 5,093

Summary of policies

From the Manifesto booklet

Ken Livingstone - Standing up for London

Steve Norris - For a Safer London

Simon Hughes - A New Mayor for a Greater London

Frank Maloney - Stop the career politicians

Lindsey German - Londoners deserve Respect

Julian Leppert

Darren Johnson - Quality Life, Quality London

Ram Gidoomal

Lorna Reid - We live here too!

Tammy Nagalingam

Potential candidates

London-born comedian Lee Hurst seriously considered standing as a candidate in the election. His comedy club had been under threat of redevelopment, and this had re-ignited a spark of political ambition. His manifesto would probably have included policies such as scrapping bus lanes and the congestion charge, improving public transport (including the re-introduction of bus conductors and AEC Routemaster buses), and tackling crime and abandoned cars.[3]


  1. ^ "2004 election results for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly". London Elects. 10 June 2004. Archived from the original on 3 May 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Lib Dems pick Hughes for London mayor". the Guardian. 5 March 2003.
  3. ^ "Comedian's mayoral ambition". BBC News. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2007.


  1. ^ Maloney is now known as Kellie due to gender transition in 2014.