Khan gets the nod as Labour makes re­turn

Congratulations pour in for Boris’s re­place­ment

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

SADIQ Khan has won the vote to be­come the new Mayor of Lon­don, with vot­ers opt­ing for a re­turn to Labour af­ter eight years of Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship with Boris John­son.

Af­ter a gru­elling few weeks of cam­paign­ing as ‘a Mayor for all Lon­don­ers’, the hope­ful can­di­date took the lead, leav­ing his Toot­ing con­stituency need­ing a by­elec­tion to re­place him as its MP.

The can­di­date beat run­ner-up Tory can­di­date Zac Gold­smith.

Congratulations from far and wide poured in for Khan, in­clud­ing from Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn.

New York’s Mayor Bill de Bla­sio has also con­grat­u­lated the new mayor from across the pond.

In a tweet, he wrote: “Send­ing congratulations to Lon­don’s new Mayor and fel­low af­ford­able hous­ing ad­vo­cate, @SadiqKhan. Look for­ward to work­ing to­gether!”

Through­out the cam­paign, Khan had a clear lead in the polls, with the fi­nal poll show­ing him as odds on Lon­don’s favourite for mayor.

The tri­umph is a boost for the party, which lost seats across the coun­try in lo­cal elec­tions.

For west Lon­don, how­ever, Brent and Har­row as well as Eal­ing and Hilling­don seats were re­tained by the Labour party.

As for­mer head of com­mu­ni­ties in 2008, Khan was also head of trans­port as he pro­gressed in his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

In 2013, he was ap­pointed shadow min­is­ter of Lon­don, but re­signed in May 2015 to fight for the may­oral spot.

De­spite be­ing tipped to be­come Labour can­di­date in the 2012 elec­tion, Khan con­tin­ued as Toot­ing MP be­fore ap­ply­ing to run as Lon­don may­oral can­di­date for 2016.

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