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Sadiq Khan wins second term as London mayor

 International Desk

 Published: 01:02 PM, 9 May 2021  

Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan

Labour Party's Sadiq Khan has won a second term as London's mayor, beating Conservative rival Shaun Bailey. 

He won 55.2% of the popular vote, after entering a run-off with Bailey when neither managed to secure a majority in the first round of voting. 

The former MP became the first Muslim mayor of an EU capital city when he was first elected to the role in 2016.

Speaking at City Hall, he promised "to strain every sinew to help build a better, brighter future for London". 

The Green Party's Sian Berry came third, while the Liberal Democrats' Luisa Porritt was fourth. 

The Lib Dems lost their deposit, as Ms Porritt failed to win more than 5% of the vote.

Elsewhere on Saturday evening, Labour lost overall control of Durham county council while the Tories continued to make inroads in its traditional heartlands.

Sadiq Khan was seen as the favourite throughout the campaign, with some pollsters predicting he would win more than half of the first-round votes.

The 51-year-old failed to reach his record-setting vote total of 2016, but won with a 228,000-vote majority. 

Sadiq Khan's closest rival was Bailey, who received 44.8% of the first and second-round votes, and increased the Conservative vote share by 1.6%. - BBC