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|Sadiq Khan wins second term as London mayor by flowbaze: 12:12 pm On May 10, 2021|
Sadiq Khan has been re-elected London mayor as had been widely expected, providing some joy to the opposition Labour Party which has suffered a series of disappointing results in other local elections.
Khan, who became the first Muslim to head a major Western capital after his victory in 2016, saw off his main challenger, Shaun Bailey, the candidate from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.
But reeling from a poor showing in the local elections and the overwhelming loss of a once safe parliamentary seat, a party source confirmed Labour had sacked its chair and campaign co-ordinator.
Khan won London by 55.2 per cent to Bailey’s 44.8 per cent in a result which had been widely predicted, although his winning margin was smaller than his victory five years ago.
“I am deeply humbled by the trust Londoners have placed in me to continue leading the greatest city on earth,” Khan said, who focused his campaign on creating jobs and boosting London’s tourism economy.
“I promise to strain every sinew to help build a better and brighter future for London after the dark days of the pandemic.”
Khan, a former member of parliament who replaced Johnson as leader of the British capital with a population of almost 9 million people, has faced criticism over rising violent crime in the capital, particularly stabbings involving teenagers.
His record on the issue and other security issues led to a series of angry Twitter spats with former US President Donald Trump.
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