1:06pm Friday 4th May 2012
By David Hardiman
Counting of votes for the borough’s London Assembly member is well underway, with first estimates suggesting a big win for Labour.
Joanne McCartney, who has held the Enfield and Haringey seat since 2004, is estimated to have won 54 per cent of votes after 18 per cent of ballot papers were verified, according to live data provided by official body London Elects.
Conservative candidate Andy Hemsted is estimated to have won 25 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats and Green Party fighting for a distant third.
If the estimate proves correct, it would mean a huge swing towards Labour – Ms McCartney only held the seat in 2008 by 0.8 per cent from the Conservatives.
It also appears Enfield and Haringey voters have backed Ken Livingstone for the Mayor of London, with half of ballots estimated to be cast for the Labour candidate, with Conservative Boris Johnson second with 35 per cent.
The electronic process at Alexandra Palace was delayed after contractors working on the restoration of the building were not told of the count and cut off power.
Results are expected later this evening, with announcements to be made at City Hall.
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