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Labour's Sadiq Khan wins London mayor race

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 07/05/2016

Campaign: Labour MP Khan. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Campaign: Labour MP Khan. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Labour's Sadiq Khan is set to be named London mayor, breaking the Conservatives' eight-year hold on City Hall.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led congratulations from the party's MPs as broadcasters calculated that the bus driver's son and human rights lawyer had built up a mathematically unassailable lead over Tory rival Zac Goldsmith whose campaign was criticised by senior members of his own party.

The Tooting MP was the clear frontrunner from the start of the counting process, which saw details of first preference votes released as they were collated using an electronic system.

Mr Corbyn did not wait for the official result to claim victory on Twitter, declaring: "Congratulations Sadiq Khan. Can't wait to work with you to create a London that is fair for all! #YesWeKhan."

Starting out in local politics in the 1990s, the married father of two became London's first Muslim MP when he was elected as the member for Tooting in 2005.

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