Sadiq Khan wins historic third term as Mayor of London

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Sadiq Khan wins historic third term as Mayor of London

Human rights lawyer Adam Wagner and Progressive Britain director Adam Langleben among communal figures to welcome a Sadiq Khan victory in the London mayoral election

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Sadiq Khan gives victory speech after being confirmed London mayor
Sadiq Khan gives victory speech after being confirmed London mayor

Sadiq Khan has secured an unprecedented third term as London mayor, a victory warmly welcomed by his supporters in the community.

As results of Thursday’s mayoral election were announced on Saturday it become clear Khan had performed better than expected in several constituencies across the capital, including in Barnet and Camden, with its sizeable Jewish vote.

Overall results showed a 3.2 percent swing from Tory to Labour.

Khan secured 44 percent of the overall vote, with Susan Hall receiving 33 percent.

While his Conservative rival received support in the Brent and Harrow in the North London constituency, and as expected in Bexley and Bromley, in south London, elsewhere support for Khan increased in many places.

There was little sign that the controversial expansion of the Ulez scheme on the outskirts of the capital was having a major impact on the vote in London.

How the Labour mayor’s interventions over the on-going Gaza conflict had impacted on his vote from the Jewish community was hard to judge.

But in Barnet and Camden, Khan secured 70, 984 voted to Hall’s 57, 465.

This result seemed to put in doubt Hall’s claim that the Jewish community were frightened of Muslim mayor Khan.

Susan Hall on GB News

But supporters within the community were quick to welcome the prospect of third term in office for Khan.

Leading human rights barrister Adam Wagner posted on social media:” Very pleased to see Sadiq Khan is on track for another term as London mayor. He got my vote.”

Adam Langleben, director of the Progressive Britain think tank told Jewish News:”I’m delighted Sadiq has been re-elected for a historic third term.

“At times like this we need politicians that seek to unite communities rather than divide and that’s what Sadiq has always done.

“There are challenges and this hasn’t been an easy election, but I believe Sadiq knows this and will rise to the challenges.”

Mike Katz, Jewish Labour Movement national chair, said:”Superb result for Sadiq Khan – makes me proud of our city and his leadership – rejecting divisive, narrow-minded politics for a broad, positive vision for London.

“He’s always been, and remains, a firm friend and staunch ally of the Jewish community.”

Jack Lubner, national chair of Young Labour added:”Londoners have united to show the door to racism, lies and conspiracy theories.

“Couldn’t be prouder of our city.”

In his victory speech from City Hall, Khan said:“Thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you, London

“It’s been a difficult few months. We faced a campaign of non-stop negativity,” but went on to praise his team for leading a campaign that responded to
fearmongering with facts, hate with hope, and attempts to divide with unity”.

But it was notable that in the Brent and Harrow region the Labour mayor was beaten by his Conservative rival Susan Hall.

Sadiq Khan, Rob Blackie, Susan Hall and Richard Ferrer

But there was impressive support for Khan in  West Central London, where he secured 43 percent of the vote, with Hall on 35 percent.

Khan also won Enfield and Haringey with 50 percent of the vote, up four percentage points in comparison with the 2021 election.  Hall came in second at 25 percent.

He also won the South West constituency, receiving 37 percent of the vote, with Hall behind at 33 percent.

Hall won the outer London constituency of Bexley and Bromley with 54.5 percent of the vote, a 0.1 percentage point drop in comparison with the Conservatives’ 2021 vote share.

Adam Langleben, executive director of Progressive Britain

Khan won 83,792 votes in Greenwich and Lewisham, with Hall on 36,822 and Zoe Garbett of the Greens third with 11,209. In Merton and Wandsworth Khan won 84,725 votes and Hall 50,976, with Lib Dem Rob Blackie in third place with 13,153 votes.

Both constituencies saw the Green vote fall compared to the last contest in 2021.

Earlier, Prof Sir John Curtice, the polling expert, told the BBC: “These are good results for Sadiq Khan and I think a lot of the speculation which emerged late last night and this morning has probably proven to be misplaced.”

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