The Staggers 4 May 2012 How UKIP became "Fresh Choice for London" The party's mayoral candidate was listed incorrectly on the ballot paper. 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. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election? Let 2016 be the year that Ireland gives women the right to choose Does the UK care enough about climate change to admit it is part of the problem?