Infographic: Mayoral Campaign Press Releases

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First published in Londonist

For all the overtures made toward a cleaner electoral campaign, some of the candidates haven’t been able to resist laying into their political opponents, particularly through the ever-steady slog of press releases that have been testing the capacity of the Londonist inbox these past months.

The infographic above shows exactly who is attacking whom, and what the main topics of complaint are about. It also shows the percentage of each campaign’s press releases that are attack-led. One thing is immediately clear: with a single negative release between them, Jenny Jones and Siobhan Benita are putting their male rivals to shame. (note: we were unable to provide data for the BNP candidate Carlos Cortiglia).

It’s unlikely to help you decide whom to vote for, but it does offer further proof of how negative the election campaign has been.

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