Sadiq Khan was re-elected as Mayor of London however solely after an surprising surge in help for his fundamental rival threatened to offer Boris Johnson’s Conservatives their greatest prize of this week’s British elections.
As the incumbent Labour Party candidate, Khan was the runaway favourite to win the competition and preserve his job however Shaun Bailey ran a closer-than-expected second, narrowing the hole within the polls within the ultimate days of the competition.
As the outcomes got here in in the course of the day on Saturday, Khan held on to a lead that was at instances as slim as 2 factors. In the tip, he received by 55.2% to 44.8%.
“I’m proud to have received an awesome mandate immediately,” Khan mentioned after the consequence was introduced. But London is “deeply divided,” he mentioned, with the scars of Brexit “but to heal” and “financial inequality” getting worse.
The consequence might be a aid moderately than a supply of jubilation for the U.Okay.’s fundamental opposition occasion after a set of outcomes throughout the nation that its personal chief described as bitterly disappointing.
Khan received his first time period in 2016, changing into the capital’s first Muslim mayor. His predecessor, Johnson himself, had stepped all the way down to give attention to a political profession that ultimately noticed him turn into prime minister.
As mayor, Khan has energy over transport coverage together with fares on London’s bus and subway system, native taxes, and policing. He will set targets for housing and constructing tasks and acts as a company hub. In the run-as much as the vote, Khan promised to be essentially the most pro-business mayor the town has ever seen. That is the form of messaging to enchantment conventional Tory voters.
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Khan, 50, is certainly one of eight youngsters born to Pakistani immigrants and lived in a disadvantaged neighborhood of south London. Since changing into mayor he has been a vocal critic of Johnson’s authorities, notably over Brexit, and has clashed repeatedly over how one can pay for the subway service that has been struggling financially.
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