Boris wins second term as mayor of London
Boris Johnson has won the London mayoral election after a close run fight with Labour’s Ken Livingstone.
The Conservative candidate, whose pledges include building 55,000 affordable homes by 2015, eventually secured 51.5 per cent of the vote to Mr Livingstone’s 48.5 per cent after second choice votes were taken into account.
Mr Johnson will now be expected to make good on a range of housing promises, including delivering record numbers of affordable homes, introducing higher space and design standards, encouraging institutional investment in housing, and tackling empty homes and poor quality stock.
He has also committed to end rough sleeping in the capital, and bring in an accreditation scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector.
The new mayor of London will have more power over housing than previous mayors following the transfer of the London arm of the Homes and Communities Agency to the Greater London Authority at the start of April, which included a £1.6 billion development budget and 530 hectares of land.
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