Sadiq Khan wins second term as Mayor of London but Labour support in capital wanes

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    Sadiq Khan won a second term as Mayor of London on Saturday night but saw his victory margin reduced, as Tories declared London was no longer a Labour stronghold.

    Mr Khan brought in almost 1.21 million votes when first and second preferences were included, giving him 55.2 per cent of the vote compared, compared to Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey’s 44.8 per cent, with 977,601 votes.

    Mr Khan’s figure is down from the 56.8 per cent he polled in 2016 against Zac Goldsmith, and he also received a significantly lower proportion of first preference votes.

    In the first round of voting, just 4.7 per cent separated Mr Khan – who won 1,013,721 votes (40 per cent) – from Mr Bailey, who won 839,051 votes (35.3 per cent).

    Mr Khan had beaten Mr Goldsmith by 9.2 percentage points in the first round in 2016, earning 44.2 per cent of the votes to 35 per cent.

    Mr Khan, who has been London’s mayor since 2016, had consistently polled ahead of Mr Bailey throughout the campaign. This year’s election saw a turnout of 42.2 per cent.

    The result comes as a relief to the Tories, who last night celebrated the result as evidence that their long decline in London could be over as Mr Bailey’s performance marked an improvement on the party’s 2016 showing.

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