London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been re-elected to guide a metropolis rocked by knife crime and controversial Covid-19 lockdowns, giving the Labour Get together a victory to rejoice after being embarrassed on this week’s by-election.
Khan was pronounced winner of 55.2% of the mayoral vote on Saturday, besting Conservative Shaun Bailey’s 44.8%. Whereas the margin of victory was snug, it wasn’t the landslide that he seemed to be headed for as just lately as a few months in the past, when polls confirmed him main by a 25-point margin. His margin was so massive at that time, in actual fact, that it would not have required a depend of second-preference votes.
“I am deeply humbled by the belief Londoners have positioned in me to proceed main the best metropolis on earth,” Khan stated simply after the outcomes had been introduced. “I promise to pressure each sinew to assist construct a greater and brighter future for London after the darkish days of the pandemic and to create a greener, fairer and safer metropolis the place all Londoners get the alternatives they should fulfill their potential.”
Labour misplaced a minimum of 138 seats in Thursday’s native by-election voting, 123 of which had been gained by the Tories. Among the many losses had been some beforehand dependable seats in usually pro-Labour districts, corresponding to a Parliament seat for Hartlepool that the celebration had managed since 1974.
However Khan’s win was by no means in severe doubt, and he completed with an fringe of greater than 228,000 votes over Bailey, when counting each first- and second-preference votes. Inexperienced Get together candidate Sian Berry got here in a distant third in first-preference votes, at 7.8%, nicely behind Khan’s 40% and Bailey’s 35.3%.
Khan, the primary Muslim to go a serious Western capital, however referred to as his re-election an “overwhelming mandate.”
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