Not quite sure how to cover the elections in words, I thought it might be more appropriate to show you the city through a young Londoner’s eyes, portraying through pictures what we saw on election day, May 3rd. Quite disappointingly, the atmosphere wasn’t as politically inspiring as I would have hoped, which was later reflected through the low turn out of people voting. Are people beginning to loose interest in politics because they feel politicians simply can’t be trusted anymore? Or have our mayoral candidates failed to campaign their policies well enough and get their messages across effectively? Whatever the case is, we will soon find out who is going to be running the city of London for the next four years.
Siobhan: ‘I was hoping today actually I would get some rest. But it hasn’t been like that at all. We’ve done a bit of another blitz on the boroughs; we’ve done five boroughs today. We’ve been out and about in a car, we’ve got a megaphone – really old fashioned style! But it’s going really well because there’s lots of people that are actually saying to me, “I’ve already voted this morning and I’ve voted for you”, which is brilliant.’
Siobhan: ‘The only thing I’ve been disappointed with [throughout the campaign] was the broadcasters, the fact that we didn’t get the coverage on the telly and that has hindered the campaign because as soon as people know I’m here, they’re fine and they really like me, but it’s the recognition. But what’s been really nice is all the youth organisations voted on who they wanted as mayor and I won, so that was brilliant! And also this morning a press company did an analysis of all the press releases that every candidate had put out. We were the only team that had not done any negative campaigning. None of our press releases had attacked the other candidates. I was really pleased with that as well because it shows we have stuck to that running a positive campaign.’
Siobhan: ‘I’ve already got my diary filling up with interviews for next week. There’s some irony – people we’ve wanted to speak to are now saying, “We’d love to have you on to hear about your experience in the campaign.” There’s loads of people who’ve said to carry on doing stuff in youth issues in London – I definitely want to stay political in London and maybe come back and do it again in four years time.’