It’s all change for Labour, as Sadiq Khan wins the seemingly endless election campaign to run for London Mayor in 2016, and Jeremy Corbyn is elected leader of the Labour Party overall.
Khan managed to beat the front-runner, Tessa Jowell, and win 48,152 (58.9%) of the total votes which will put him head-to-head with Conservative favourite Zac Goldsmith. Jowell came second with 41.1% of the vote ahead of Diane Abbott in third place. Khan said after his victory:
“Wow, thank you! I’m overwhelmed. I’m deeply honoured that so many Londoners have put their faith in me today.
“I’m determined to repay your faith by winning the Mayoral election next May and making a real difference to Londoners’ lives.”
The Tooting MP and former Shadow Minister for London has put some of Londoners’ most important issues at the heart of his campaign – building more housing, a fairer deal for private tenants and public transport fares. While it’s come of something as a surprise that he pipped Jowell to the Mayoral post, according to the Guardian’s Dave Hill, some in the Labour camp felt Jowell had a better chance of beating Goldsmith.
London Assembly Labour leader Len Duvall said:
“The capital is crying out for new leadership and a new direction and I know that Sadiq Khan and Labour members of the London Assembly will do everything possible to make that happen.”
Khan will join the Green Party’s Sian Berry in the Mayoral race, while the Liberal Democrat’s Caroline Pidgeon and the aforementioned Zac Goldsmith are expected to round up the leadership contenders.