Boris v. Ken: How Boris Johnson won London

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Boris v. Ken: How Boris Johnson won London
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Author Giles Edwards, Jonathan Isaby
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Politics of London
Published London
Publisher Politico's
Publication date
ISBN 9781842752258

Boris v. Ken: How Boris Johnson won London is a 2008 book by Giles Edwards and Jonathan Isaby about the London mayoral election, 2008


Ken Livingstone won the London mayoral election, 2000 as a left-wing independent against the official Labour Party candidate and was victorious. Livingstone was readmitted to the Labour Party and won the 2004 election for Labour. In 2008, Boris Johnson became the first Conservative mayor of London after triumphing against Livingstone. The book examines the campaign. The book was referenced in the academic work, The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron and was placed on a reading list issued to Conservative MP's[1]


In Total Politics magazine, Keith Simpson wrote 'Basically, this book tells the story of how Boris won and why Ken lost. The authors conclude by considering the impact on national politics of the election of Mayor Boris, not least in what they believe could become a rivalry between Boris and David Cameron.'[2] while in Progress magazine Peter Kellner described the book as a 'brisk and highly readable narrative' and noting 'The swing to the Conservatives was significantly less in London than in the local elections elsewhere in England'[3] The book was also featured on BBC Parliament[4]


  1. ^ "In full: The reading list issued to Tory MPs". 3 August 2008.
  2. ^ Keith Simpson (19 September 2008). "Book reviews". Total Politics. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  3. ^ "London's loss".
  4. ^ "BBC Parliament - BOOKtalk, Giles Edwards and Jonathan Isaby". BBC.
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