A very interesting start to the morning at Centre for London, with a breakfast debate on the London elections. Ben Page, Director of Ipsos-Mori presented recent polling data, while Steven Norris, Conservative Candidate for London Mayor in 2000 and 2004, and Tessa Jowell, Ken’s campaign Chairman, commented on this and previous campaigns. Sonia Purnell, journalist and Boris biographer, gave some interesting insights into the blond haired frontrunner.
The event was off the record, so I’m limited in what I can say. There was an interesting discussion on what matters to London voters. One person summed up the contest as being between Marmite and Marshmallow. Ken is marmite – you either love him or you hate him – while Boris is marshmallow – you’d probably take one if offered one, but it’s not something you long for.