Labour’s Sadiq Khan has been re-elected as Mayor of London. His victory was announced from City Hall on Saturday night.
Sadiq Khan won 39% of first preference votes to Shaun Bailey’s 37%. After the second preference votes were counted, he took 1,206,034 votes, compared to Mr Bailey’s 977,601.
In the 2016 London mayoral election he won with 44.2 per cent of the first preference votes and 56.8 per cent after the second round, where second preferences were added.
Speaking shortly after being re-elected Mr Khan said:
“I’m deeply humbled by the trust Londoners have placed in me to continue leading the greatest city of Earth. I promise to strain every sinew to help build a better and brighter future for London after the dark days of the pandemic and to create a greener, fairer and safer city where all Londoners get the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential.
“I’m proud to have won an overwhelming mandate today, I want to thank everyone who voted for me. Labour voters and non-Labour voters. And I want to speak to every Londoner who didn’t vote for me this week. I will never ignore your voice, your concerns, or your worries. I will always be a mayor for all Londoners working to improve the lives of every single person in this city”.
As the election was delayed a year by the Covid pandemic, Mayor Khan will serve three years from this election, rather than four.
Shaun Bailey congratulated him on his victory, and said Londoners had not written him off.
He said: “As I went through these, for me what was two years of campaigning, one feeling felt familiar to me, one challenge had always felt the same.
“And that was the feeling of being written off – by pollsters, by journalists, by fellow politicians. But it’s no surprise to me that Londoners didn’t write me off.”
Sadiq Khan said the results of the elections around the country showed the UK remained “deeply divided”, adding: “the scars of Brexit remain, a crude culture war is pushing us further apart. We must use this moment of national recovery to heal those divisions.”
Mayor Khan campaigned on ‘standing up for London’, protecting jobs and making London a fairer society.
These were his campaign promises.
“Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on our economy. I know many Londoners are feeling anxious about how it will affect their jobs and family budgets. That’s why I’m fighting to protect existing jobs and supporting businesses to create new well-paid ones, and giving people the training and skills they need to find work.
“I’m backing London’s businesses and entrepreneurs – large and small – and pushing the Government to give them the financial support they need to survive in these extraordinary times. I’m also supporting London’s town centres, high streets, and the small businesses which help our communities to thrive.
“I’m campaigning for the Government to extend its furlough scheme as well as give more support to freelancers, and working hard to improve conditions for Londoners in low-paid and insecure work.
“I’m standing up for Londoners and doing everything I can to help them get back to work.”
“London needs a 1945-style recovery plan. This means focusing relentlessly on jobs, jobs, jobs. This will enable us to narrow the social, economic and health inequalities in our city.
“We need investment to support existing jobs and create new ones. We need to invest in skills, training and new infrastructure. And we need to invest in public services to help Londoners when they need it most. to invest in public services to help Londoners when they need it most.”
“Keeping Londoners safe is the Mayor’s top priority. The London Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) commenced operations in March 2019, with a remit to coordinate a new public health approach to reducing violence and spreading positive opportunities across the capital.
The Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund is helping children and young people to fulfil their potential, particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime. It supports a wide range of local community projects providing activities for young Londoners.”
He increased Council Tax in 2021 to raise an additional £15.7m for crime reduction, promising to fast-track funding for additional 600 police officers for next financial year. He supported the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s request for an additional 6,000 officers.
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