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Sadiq Khan wins third term in London as Labour continues to count gains

04 May 2024 3 minute read
Sadiq Khan at the launch of an advertising van for his campaign ahead of the London Mayoral election Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour’s Sadiq Khan has stormed to victory in the London mayoral election, as the contest for the West Midlands remains on a knife edge for Conservative Andy Street.

Incumbent mayor Mr Khan beat his nearest rival, Tory candidate Susan Hall, in a contest beset by criticism of his decision to expand London’s ultra low emission zone.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he was confident of Mr Khan’s victory before declarations began, as he counted mayoral victories for his party in Liverpool, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, and in Greater Manchester where Andy Burnham returned to power.

Mr Khan needed to win a simple majority of ballots cast, as the rules for the mayoral race were changed to a first-past-the-post voting system ahead of the latest election.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is meanwhile braced for the West Midlands mayoral election result, hoping incumbent Mr Street could hold on to power for the Conservatives.

A second mayoral victory for the Prime Minister after Friday’s win in Tees Valley by Lord Houchen could act as a bulwark against backbench Tory challenges to his authority.

Sir Keir issued a fresh challenge to Mr Sunak to call an election as he met Labour’s new East Midlands mayor Claire Ward in Mansfield on Saturday.

The Labour leader said: “Fourteen years and, I am sorry, I don’t care which political party you support, if you leave your country in a worse state than when you found it 14 years later, you do not deserve to be in Government for a moment longer.”

He also told reporters he was “confident” Mr Khan has “got another term of delivery in front of him”.

It is the first time any candidate for London mayor has won a third term of office, with Mr Khan’s predecessors Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone both having served two terms.

Mr Khan fought a re-election campaign on promises to end rough sleeping in the capital by 2030, and to take further steps to curtail air pollution and climate change.

Runner-up Ms Hall’s key pledge was to roll back the Ulez expansion which the Labour mayor began last August, a measure she said was part of a “war on motorists”.

With 106 out of 107 of the local councils declared on Saturday, the Conservatives had suffered a drubbing, with a net loss of 396 councillors, and the loss of 10 councils.

Labour won control of eight councils with a net gain of 231 seats, while the Liberal Democrats gained 97 seats and the Greens 64.

Labour has lost seats in a smattering of council seats to independents and George Galloway’s Workers Party of Britain, apparently over its position on Gaza.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
21 days ago

Iolo James, head of communication at Nuclear Industry Association has a message for you…this is terrible! Egino update…Nuclear to save Cymru from what exactly…Traws is a dream but Nuclear Power is in a hurry and Traws was just a ‘money for nothing’ scam while UK nuclear take all, except there loopholes all over the place…the latest take-over of Cymru by the retired elders of the nuclear industry across the border…Welsh Gov cover the PR pot with half a million just published on Friday the day after the election and before the bank holiday. You can’t take your eyes off them…like… Read more »

21 days ago

270K+ over the awful Tory candidate. So much for “war on the motorist”, Cons gonna need a new chant. And a few leaders around the UK.

21 days ago

Did anyone notice the Union Flag plastered all over the “We’re definitely not nationalists” Labour placards?

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
20 days ago

On one point only, Sadiq Khans’ victory is one for morality over hate against an opponent who has previously apologised and has had to learn not to like, and therefore endorse, racist hate messages online endangering Sadiq Khans’ safety. Someone who engages in these activities is not a fit and proper person full stop, let alone to be in a high position of power in public life.

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