9.52am: The earlier editions of the morning papers (as the night wore on some of them became more Boris-centred). Click on the image to enlarge:
12.46am: ConservativeHome doesn't share Boris Johnson's generous assessment of Ken Livingstone although we respect Boris for being kind in victory. As Mayor, Ken Livingstone cuddled up to some of the world's most odious dictators - including Chavez and Castro - and also invited Islamic extremists to London - notably Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He was an embarrassment to London and we are delighted he is no longer the Mayor of our capital city. Muslim supremacists have lost their greatest western political ally. Over on the Platform, Paul Goodman MP looks at how Muslim extremists attempted to keep Livingstone in office and how moderate, mainstream Muslims are increasingly playing a role in the Conservative Party.
12.15am: David Cameron's statement:
“Three years ago the idea that the Conservatives would win London and build up a 20 point lead across the county would have been literally unthinkable. London is one of the most diverse, vibrant, successful and important cities in the world- and in Boris Johnson it is now has a Conservative Mayor. Boris ran a serious and energetic campaign and deserves his remarkable victory. Britain is crying out for real change and it is the Conservative party - modernised and united - that is winning the battle of ideas. We’ve shown there is an alternative. We must now prove it. But I believe that my party – the Conservative Party – is ready to step up for Britain”
Midnight: Ken Livingstone makes emotional speech. Promises to help new administration. Wins standing ovation.
11.58pm: Boris makes VERY generous tribute to Ken Livingstone and hopes that he will continue to serve London in some way. Ends speech by saying... Let's get cracking tomorrow and have a drink tonight.
11.33pm: Due imminently.