LONDON ASSEMBLY: The race hots up

IN the Barnet and Camden London Assembly election Tory Brian Coleman has built a considerable lead over Nicky Gavron. Mr Coleman, who won the seat by 11,500 votes in 2004, is well ahead with 45.6 per cent of the vote counted. In the Enfield and Haringey

IN the Barnet and Camden London Assembly election Tory Brian Coleman has built a considerable lead over Nicky Gavron.

Mr Coleman, who won the seat by 11,500 votes in 2004, is well ahead with 45.6 per cent of the vote counted.

In the Enfield and Haringey vote fellow Conservative Matthew Laban is also leading. So far 63 per cent of the vote has been counted.

In the race for the West Central constituency, 55 per cent of the vote has now been counted and the Conservative candidate Kit Malthouse is increasingly confident of his lead. But at the count in Olympia Tory activists are not yet convinced that their mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has clinched victory.

Mr Johnson is ahead in nine of the 14 constituencies, with Ken Livingstone ahead in five.