Sadiq declared Mayor, Lib Dems win SW constituency

Labour’s Sadiq Khan wins third term as Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan has been declared Mayor of London for a third term. The announcement was made on Saturday afternoon (4 May). Both the Conservative party and Labour party had described the contest, a two horse race between them, as ‘close’.

Conservative Candidate Susan Hall said yesterday she expected to win, then a couple of hours ago Labour started claiming victory. In the event, the Labour Mayor was re-elected with 43.8% of the vote. Turnout across London averaged 40.5% according to London Elects, 1.5% down from the last mayoral election in 2021.

The BBC were among the first to report Sadiq was expected to win. The BBC’s polling expert John Curtice said it seemed opposition to Ulez did not amount to enough of a significant political issue for voters, contrary to the predictions of  the Conservatives following Labour’s loss in the Uxbridge and South-Ruislip parliamentary by-election in 2023.

After narrowly losing the constituency, which was once held by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pressure grew on Mr. Khan to back down over Ulez, as the issue was seen as the principle reason the Conservatives managed to retain the seat.

In the aftermath, Labour Leader Keir Starmer urged the Mayor of London to “reflect” on the policy, before rowing back on his comments and throwing his support behind the mayor in the run up to the election.

Well known environmental campaigner Matthew Todd, former editor-in-chief of Attitude magazine said on X:

‘Seems Sadiq Khan has won the mayoral election. Post ULEZ, it’s a quite astonishing message to @UKLabour @KeirStarmer @Conservatives @RishiSunak and to our appalling client media, that clean air & water and fighting climate change is very important to people. Will any of them listen? What do you think?’.

In South West London constituency, which includes most of Chiswick, Mr Khan won 77,011 votes to Susan Hall’s 68,856. The Liberal Democrat candidate Rob Blackie came third, receiving 25,579 votes.

Lib Dem Gareth Roberts wins SW London constituency seat for London Assembly

The Liberal Democrat candidate Gareth Roberts has won the London Assembly seat for the constituency of SW London, which includes the boroughs of Hounslow, Richmond and Kingston.

The Leader of Richmond Council won the SW London constiuency with 66,675 votes. Labour came second with 50,666 votes. Chiswick councillor Conservative Ron Mushiso has come third with 49,981 votes.

This is a historic win for the Lib Dems, as this is the first time a party other than the Conservatives have taken the seat since its inception in 2000. The seat was held by veteran Conservative politician Tony Arbour until he stepped down in 2021, making way for Nicholas Rogers, who held the seat for one term before he announced he would be standing down.

Cllr Ron Mushiso

Earlier this afternoon Chiswick Conservative councillor Jack Emsley told The Chiswick Calendar the contest was ‘the tightest in London’ and if Ron  lost the Conservative Party Central Office would ask for a recount. But in the event Gareth Roberts had a clear lead.

During the campaign our reporter Matt Smith spoke to each of the candidates. Gareth Roberts told him his many years of experience in local government qualify him for the job.

The Mayor’s office and the London Assembly together form the Greater London Authority, responsible for transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic planning in London.

As an Assembly Member, Gareth hopes offer constructive criticism to the new mayor. He said the Conservatives, who have comfortably held thee seat since it was created in 2000, had squandered the opportunity to properly represent their constituents.

READ MORE: 2024 SW London Assembly elections: Interview with Liberal Democrat candidate Gareth Roberts

Ron, who is one of the Conservative councillors for Chiswick Gunnersbury ward, fought his campaign largely on Ulez, the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which he campaigned to scrap. He also supported the Metropolitan Police’s use of Stop and Search. He told Matt the campaign was difficult because the Conservative Government at a national level was so unpopular.

READ MORE: 2024 SW London Assembly elections: Interview with Conservative candidate Cllr Ron Mushiso