Sadiq Khan Re-elected as London Mayor

Henrietta Strickland
May 10, 2021

Labour incumbent Mr Khan took 1,206,034 votes - 55.2% of the vote - after second preferences were taken into account, compared to second place Mr Bailey at 977,601.

Sadiq Khan will today launch a major campaign to attract tourists back to London on day one of his second term as the capital's mayor.

Laurence Fox, the former actor and "anti-woke" campaigner, has lost his £10,000 deposit after securing less than two per cent of votes in the London mayoral elections.

Labour's Sadiq Khan has been re-elected as Mayor of London in a closer contest for the capital than many had predicted.

Despite partisan tensions, Khan, who in 2016 became London's first Muslim mayor, is confident that the government of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson will support an eventual candidacy.

Khan had a commanding lead in pre-election opinion polls and remains favourite to win.

In his victory speech Mr Khan said that during his second term he would be focusing on "building bridges between the different communities" and between city hall and the government.

Khan said he will be "building bridges between London and the rest of the country", and between City Hall and the Government "because we must all work together to build a brighter, greener, and more equal future for London, and for our entire country, after the pandemic", he said.

In his victory speech, Khan referred to his humble origins, growing up in public housing in an ethnically mixed residential area in south London.

Mr Khan, a former member of parliament who replaced Mr Johnson as leader of the British capital with a population of nearly nine million people, has faced criticism over rising violent crime in the capital, particularly stabbings involving teenagers.

Khan has made a name for himself as a vocal critic of Brexit and of successive Conservative prime ministers, including his mayoral predecessor Boris Johnson - as well as for a feud with former United States president Donald Trump.

While Johnson has enjoyed wide success elsewhere in England, the opposition party has become increasingly dominant in the British capital.

"And that was the feeling of being written off - by pollsters, by journalists, by fellow politicians".

Mr Khan will stress that the programme has been developed with Covid safety protocols in mind, while urging Londoners to take up the vaccine as soon as they are offered it.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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