Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Mayoral Mandates vs Union Mandates

Speaking to the BBC, London Mayor Boris Johnson described the [Tube Strike] action as “pointless and unnecessary” and said his manifesto pledge about ticket office closures was from 2008 “before the iPhone was invented.”

He also reiterated his called for a ban on strike action affecting London transport, unless it was supported by more than 50% of union members eligible to be balloted.
BBC News Website 5 February 2014 Tube strike: London Underground action disrupting millions

So Boris claims a mandate and as a side swipe demands that Union strike votes should get 50% support of those eligible.

Hm

2008 Mayoral Election Result:

Boris Johnson, Final Vote Count: 1,168,738
Ken Livingston, Final Vote Count: 1,027,976

Total Turnout: 2,456,990 : 45.33%
Boris’s vote as a proportion of the Total Vote: 48%
Boris’s vote as a proportion of all eligible to vote: 22%

2012 Mayoral Election Result:

Boris Johnson, Final Vote Count: 1,054,811
Ken Livingston, Final Vote Count: 992,273

Total Turnout: 2,208,475 : 38.1%
Boris’s vote as a proportion of the Total Vote: 48%
Boris’s vote as a proportion of all eligible to vote: 18%

So Boris, who has got a good mandate? The strike vote was specifically on this one issue. Your election was not, but on a manifesto package of issues.

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