Pakistani bus driver’s son Sadiq Khan is new mayor of London
Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, was declared the new London mayor after he beat his nearest rival in what is being described as a landslide, marking the return of Labour rule to the UK capital after eight years.
The 45-year-old Opposition candidate takes charge as the first Muslim head of City Hall in London as counting in the so-called “Super Thursday” polls came to a close.
Khan’s win seemed inevitable as all first preference votes were counted, giving him a 46% vote share, nine points ahead of rival Zac Goldsmith.
It marks the return of Labour rule to the British capital after eight years of Conservatives in power.
Though it appeared mathematically impossible that Goldsmith could catch him on second-preference votes, the count had to officially go into second preference votes to cover the 50% vote share required for a clear victory.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his congratulations to Khan way before the formal announcement: “Can’t wait to work with you to create a London that is fair for all! #YesWeKhan.” Read More