The Labour party’s Sadiq Khan was announced as the new Mayor of London at 12.30 this morning, in a landslide victory over Zac Goldsmith.
Khan took the top job in City Hall with a majority of 56.8%, including second preferences (1,310,143 votes) over Zac Goldsmith’s 43.2% (994,614 votes). Khan replaces Boris Johnson, who has held the role for the last eight years.
In his victory speech, he said he was ‘humbled’ to be elected, and proud ‘that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over division’. He added:
“I hope that we will never be offered such a stark choice again. Fear does not make us safer, it only makes it weaker – and the politics of fear is simply not welcome in our city. I promise to always be a mayor for all Londoners, to work hard to make life better for every Londoner regardless of your background.
“I have a burning ambition for London. I want every single Londoner to get the opportunities that our city gave to me and my family.”
The official announcement was expected around 5pm, but delayed until after midnight by a technical problem in the count.
Khan was widely tipped to win, with exit polls showing a clear lead over Goldsmith. He has promised to freeze all transport fares for four years if he’s elected, a promise which has been heavily criticised. Even if he doesn’t quite manage to pull this off, it will be interesting to see what Khan does for the capital in his new position.