Ruth Padel has won the election for the Oxford Professor of Poetry post. The poet won the election by 297 votes against Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. The Indian writer obtained 129 votes. 51 ballots were spoiled.The result was announced today at 5.30pm in the Divinity Schools in the Bodleian. This marks the end of a controversial race which has seen Nobel-prize winner Derek Walcott withdraw from the running.