Sadiq Khan has been re-elected as Mayor of London for a second term after beating his closest rival with a vote share of 55.2 per cent versus 44.8 per cent in an election that was closer than expected.
Khan took to twitter to thank his supporters and vowed to fulfill his promises
Building bridges between the different communities in our city.
Building bridges across cultural & class divides.
Building bridges between London & the rest of the country.
Building bridges between City Hall & the Government.
It’s in this spirit I promise to lead London. pic.twitter.com/w1VEDay89X
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 9, 2021
Thank you London. It’s the absolute honour of my life to serve the city I love for another three years.
I’ll leave no stone unturned to get our city back on its feet.
A brighter future is possible, and we’ll deliver it together. pic.twitter.com/kwA1awEten
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 8, 2021
To the thousands of Labour activists & supporters who joined us on the most unique election campaign of my lifetime.
To the Londoners who came out to lend me your vote for the better and brighter future our city deserves.
Thank you. I truly am grateful.pic.twitter.com/tLcVDTBslt
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) May 6, 2021
Labour Party candidate Khan, 51, defeated his Conservative Party rival, Shaun Bailey, after winning a total of 1,206,034 votes as against 977,601 when both first and second preference votes from Thursday’s mayoral election were fully counted overnight on Saturday.
The Pakistani-origin former Labour member of Parliament was the first Muslim mayor of a European capital city when he was first elected in 2016. The mayoral poll was due last year but was postponed by a year at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
“I am deeply humbled by the trust Londoners have placed in me to continue leading the greatest city on earth,” said Khan.
“I promise to strain every sinew, help build a better and brighter future for London, after the dark days of the pandemic and to create a greener, fairer and safer city for all Londoners, to get the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential. I am proud to have won an overwhelming mandate today,” he said, speaking at his City Hall office.
Khan reiterated his previous pledge to be a mayor for all Londoners and work to improve the lives of every single person in this city.
“The results of the elections around the UK shows our country, and even our city, remains deeply divided. The scars of Brexit have yet to heal. A crude culture war is pushing us further apart,” he said.
“As we seek to confront the enormity of the challenge ahead, and as we endeavour to rebuild from this pandemic, we must use this moment of national recovery to heal those damaging divisions,” he added.