In the victory speech, Khan promises to “build bridges” and create jobs as the UK capital emerges from the pandemic.
Sadiq Khan has been re-elected mayor of London, in a narrower-than-expected race, providing a boost to the opposition Labor party following a series of disappointing results in Thursday’s local elections.
Khan, who became the first Muslim to lead a major Western capital after his victory in 2016, garnered 55.2 percent of the vote compared to 44.8 percent for Shaun Bailey, the country’s nominee. ruling conservative party.
Turnout was 42%, lower than in the previous 2016 elections.
“I am deeply humbled by the trust that Londoners have placed in me to continue to lead the world’s largest city,” said Khan, who focused his campaign on creating jobs in the nine million city.
The 50-year-old said his second term will focus on “building bridges between different communities” and between the city council and the government.
He said he wanted to “ensure that London can play its part in a national recovery” and “build a greener and more egalitarian future” for the UK capital.
Khan has become famous as a vocal critic of Brexit and successive Conservative prime ministers, including Boris Johnson, his predecessor as mayor, as well as a dispute with former US President Donald Trump.
The two men were embroiled in an extraordinary war of words after Khan criticized Trump’s controversial travel ban on people from certain Muslim countries.
Khan’s re-election comes amid a blunt set of results for Labor in the local elections in his former central core in the north and north of England, which followed a disastrous performance in the 2019 national vote.
Although Johnson has been very successful elsewhere in England, the opposition party has become increasingly dominant in London.
Analysts attribute this to the city’s younger, ethnically diverse and more pro-European population, which unlike most of England, was overwhelmingly opposed to Brexit.
In his victory speech, Khan referred to his humble origins as he grew up in public housing in an ethnically mixed residential area in south London.
“I grew up on a municipal estate, a working class boy, a son of immigrants, but now I am the mayor of London,” he said, describing himself as a “Londoner from time to time”.