Labour's Sadiq Khan wins London mayoral election
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Labour's Sadiq Khan has secured another term as mayor of London, following a contest which saw the Conservatives narrow the gap.
The election, involving 20 candidates, was at times closer than many commentators anticipated, with constituencies seeing Mr Khan and Tory candidate Shaun Bailey neck and neck.
Mr Khan took 1,206,034 votes after second preferences were taken into account, compared to Mr Bailey at 977,601.
Green Party co-leader Sian Berry came third with 197,976 first-choice votes, followed by the Liberal Democrats' Luisa Porritt with 111,716.
In his victory speech, Mr Khan pledged to build a “better and brighter future” for the capital following the coronavirus pandemic.
“I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
“I am deeply humbled by the trust Londoners have placed in me to continue leading the greatest city on earth.
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“I promise to strain every sinew, help build a better and brighter future for London, after the dark days of the pandemic and to create a greener, fairer and safer city for all Londoners, to get the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
“I am proud to have won an overwhelming mandate today.”
The result will be a glimmer of hope for the Labour Party, after it received a drubbing in local elections in England, losing control of a host of councils and a humiliating defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.
Mr Bailey said in his speech that Londoners had not written him off.
He said: “As I went through these, for me what was two years of campaigning, one feeling felt familiar to me, one challenge had always felt the same.
“And that was the feeling of being written off – by pollsters, by journalists, by fellow politicians.
“But it’s no surprise to me that Londoners didn’t write me off.”
The Green Party was celebrating taking 8pc of the vote and Sian Berry said: “Londoners have sent a message loud and clear: London can be the greenest city in the world.
“This is the Green Party’s best ever result in an election to become mayor of London, and with the election of more Green Assembly Members, it is a serious mandate for the ideas we were putting in front of the public this campaign - rent controls, flat fares, and a higher living wage."
Mr Khan was first elected mayor of the capital in 2016 in a landslide victory, breaking the Conservatives’ eight-year hold on City Hall.
One of the final constituencies counted was Barnet & Camden, where Mr Khan won 67,610 (39pc) first preference votes, closely followed by Mr Bailey with 65,822 (38pc).
In Brent & Harrow Mr Bailey received 40pc of votes, and Mr Khan 38pc.
In Havering & Redbridge, the Conservatives received a majority, with 51pc, compared to Labour's 29pc.
In the North East constituency – Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest – Mr Khan won with 52pc, compared to Mr Bailey's 21pc.
Sadiq Khan, Labour: (first round) 1,013,721, (second round) 192,313 = (total) 1,206,034
Shaun Bailey, Conservative: (first round) 893,051 (second round) 84,550= (total) 977,601
Sian Berry, Green: 197,976
Luisa Porritt, Lib Dem: 111,716
Niko Omilana, Independent: 49,628
Laurence Fox, The Reclaim Party: 47,634
Brian Rose, London Real Party: 31,111
Richard Hewison, Rejoin EU: 28,012
Count Binface, Independent: 24,775
Mandu Reid, Women’s Equality Party: 21,182
Piers Corbyn, Let London Live: 20,604
Vanessa Helen Hudson, Animal Welfare: 16,826
Peter Gammons, UKIP: 14,393
Farah London, Independent: 11,869
David Kurten, Heritage Party: 11,025
Nims Obunge, Independent: 9,682
Steve Kelleher, Social Democratic Party: 8,764
Kam Balayev, Renew: 7,774
Max Fosh, Independent: 6,309
Valerie Brown, The Burning Pink Party: 5,305