Sadiq Khan’s London triumph comes after bitter Tory battle

Unlock the Editor’s Digest for freeRoula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favorite tales on this weekly e-newsletter.As Sadiq Khan waited to ship his victory speech on Saturday after clinching a report third time period as London’s mayor, he shifted uneasily from one foot to the opposite. The veteran Labour politician had come by means of a bruising and generally bitter contest. “It has been a troublesome few months,” he advised cheering supporters in his victory speech.“It’s really an honour to be re-elected for a 3rd time period, and achieve this with a report stage of assist from Londoners, with an elevated margin of victory.”After the polls closed on Thursday, Conservative insiders have been briefing that the nation’s capital confronted a decent race. However the consequence was an emphatic Labour win. Khan, first elected mayor of the English capital in 2016, trounced Tory rival Susan Corridor by 11 share factors to safe a historic third time period in office. His predecessors — Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson — served two terms every.Khan secured greater than 1,088,225 votes, round 43.7 per cent of the entire. Corridor obtained 812,397 votes.Susan Corridor makes a speech throughout an anti-Ulez demonstration in Trafalgar Sq. © Ray Tang/LNP“This can be a very dangerous consequence for the Conservatives,” mentioned Tony Travers, professor of presidency on the London Faculty of Economics. “Tories usually give the impression in London that they’re not making an attempt and have given up.”  A stronger Conservative candidate might have harnessed voter dissatisfaction with Khan’s report of delivery to run a tighter contest, he mentioned.Corridor’s marketing campaign sought to utilize a backlash towards rising crime charges and the latest growth of the Ulez automobile emissions cost to London’s outskirts — the place the get together usually performs higher than it does within the centre. She secured a majority of votes in some outer London boroughs together with Brent and Harrow, however Khan overtook her in internal metropolis areas akin to Kensington and Westminster the place the Tories maintain a number of parliamentary seats. In her concession speech Corridor accused Khan of “patronising” voters who cared about rising crime. “The factor that issues probably the most, and to me, is reforming the Met and making London protected once more,” she mentioned. Regardless of the last-minute briefings that an upset might be on the playing cards, the consequence met pollsters’ expectations. Within the lead as much as polling day, information from Savanta ComRes put Khan at 50 per cent and Corridor at 26 per cent. Polls had narrowed to 10 factors by Thursday. Essentially the most heated subject of rivalry between the campaigns was the growth of the Ulez, which has attracted a rising protest motion.Ulez was launched by former Tory premier Boris Johnson when he was London mayor; since then, Khan has since expanded the scheme twice.  Jon Tabbush, director of analysis on the Centre for London, a think-tank, mentioned the Ulez had hit Labour’s vote in outer London boroughs however did not generate a groundswell in Tory assist. “Tactical voting has been far more practical than Labour had hoped — the Lib Dems are performing as a strain valve for liberal Tories and London Greens are responding to squeeze on Labour,” Tabbush mentioned. The competition was the primary to be held below the first-past-the-post system, in a transfer that analysts thought might assist the Conservatives. It’s because below the earlier system centre-left voters usually picked one other get together within the first spherical, earlier than backing Labour within the second spherical. RecommendedLabour was additionally buoyed by regular assist in areas with massive Muslim populations, not like the drain it has skilled in different parts of the nation over the get together’s place on the Israel-Hamas battle. Rounding off his victory speech on Saturday, Khan mirrored on the nationwide image, becoming a member of different newly elected Labour mayors in calling for a common election. “With a Labour get together that’s prepared to manipulate once more below Keir Starmer, it’s time for Rishi Sunak to present the general public a selection,” he mentioned.  

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