Elections 4 May 2012 How UKIP became "Fresh Choice for London" The party's mayoral candidate was listed incorrectly on the ballot paper. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML A bizarre cock-up meant that the UK Independence Party's candidate for mayor of London, Lawrence Webb, was listed on the ballot paper as Fresh Choice for London (it should have read UKIP: A Fresh Choice for London). A "furious" Nigel Farage has admitted that the fault was at UKIP's end: they forgot to put their party name on the nomination paper. It certainly appears to have cost his party votes. As things stand, the UKIP candidate is on just two per cent in the first round, compared with four per cent in the final YouGov poll. The mistake is also likely to have aided Boris Johnson by limiting the number of right-wing protest votes (although many would have put Boris as their second preference). Were the race between Boris and Ken closer than it is, the error could have proved far more controversial. › Louise Mensch deserves our solidarity UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Katy Perry just saved the Brits with a parody of Donald Trump and Theresa May Emmanuel Macron: a populist eruption from the liberal centre Will Storm Doris affect turnout in the Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland by-elections?