LONDON ASSEMBLY: Winner Coleman's astonishing attack on rival
PUBLISHED: 00:29 03 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 07 September 2010
VICTORIOUS Tory candidate Brian Coleman launched a bewildering personal attack on his Labour rival Nicky Gavron, after winning the Barnet and Camden London Assembly seat. After hearing he had collected 17,693 more votes than Ms Gavron
VICTORIOUS Tory candidate Brian Coleman launched a bewildering personal attack on his Labour rival Nicky Gavron, after winning the Barnet and Camden London Assembly seat.
After hearing he had collected 17,693 more votes than Ms Gavron, who is Ken Livingstone's deputy mayor, Mr Coleman appeared furious while delivering his acceptance speech.
He said: "Tonight has proved one thing. You can import candidates from outside our A to Z but it doesn't make a blind bit of difference. I say to the deputy mayor her hands are dripping with blood from carrying the Olympic torch and she can take her A to Z back to Haringey because the people of Barnet and Camden have rejected her. She says I had bling well the King of Bling is back and proud to represent the people of Barnet and Camden."
Ms Gavron stood by open mouthed as Coleman delivered his tirade. He then stormed out escorting his mother out of the building.
Mr Coleman refused to comment.
When asked about his bizarre reaction to holding onto the Barnet and Camden seat his spokesman said: "Oh he's just tired. It has been a long day."
Brian Coleman, Conservative Party: 70,659
Nicky Gavron, Labour: 52,966
Miranda Dunn, Green Party: 16,782
Nick Russell, Liberal Democrats: 22,213
Clement Adebayo, Christian Peoples Alliance and Christian Party: 3,536
Graham Dare, Veritas: 510
Dave Hoefling, Left List: 2,074
Magnus Nielsen, UK Independence Party: 3,678
David Stevens, English Democrats: 2,146
Brian Coleman, Conservative Party: 47,640 - 33.41% 11,519 majority
Lucy Anderson, Labour Party: 36,121 25.34%
Jonathan Simpson, Liberal Democrats: 23,603, 16.56%
Miranda Dunn, Green Party: 11,921, 8.36%
Magnus Nielsen, UK Independence Party: 8,685, 6.09%
Elisabeth Wheatley, Respect: 5,150, 3.61%
Humberto Heliotrope, Christian Peoples Alliance: 1,194, 1.34%
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