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London Mayor Sadiq Khan will serve a second term, having been re-elected amid local elections across Great Britain


May 9, 2021

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will serve a second term, having been re-elected amid local elections across Great Britain. 

Key points:

  • Sadiq Khan won 55.2 per cent of the vote, securing a second term as London Mayor
  • Mr Khan was the first Muslim to be elected the head of a major Western city
  • He has promised to guide London out of the “dark days of the pandemic”

Mr Khan, who in 2016 became the first Muslim to head a major Western capital, saw off his main challenger, Conservative Party candidate Shaun Bailey.

The Labour Mayor won by 55.2 per cent of the vote 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,” Mr Khan said.

“I promise to strain every sinew to help build a better and brighter future for London after the dark days of the pandemic.”

Mr Khan, a former member of parliament who replaced now-Prime Minister Boris Johnson as leader of the English capital, has faced criticism over rising violent crime 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.

Mr Khan’s success comes after a bruising set of results for Labour in local elections in its former heartlands in central and northern England — known as the party’s “Red Wall” — which followed a disastrous performance in the 2019 general election.

While the Conservative Party has enjoyed wide success across England, the Labour Party has become increasingly dominant in the British capital.

Analysts attribute this to the city’s younger, more ethnically diverse and more pro-European Union population which, unlike most of England, overwhelmingly opposed Brexit.

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