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'Council estate boy’ Sadiq Khan's historic mayoral victory

CAMPAIGNING ON a platform calling for Londoner’s to unite, Labour politician Sadiq Khan has been elected as the new Mayor of London, ending the Conservative party’s eight-year grip on City Hall.

Beating out his closest rival Zac Goldsmith on the second round of votes, the Muslim leader dominated the Conservative candidate early in the competition going into the election with a double digit lead in the opinion poll ratings.

Following “minor discrepancies” the formal declaration confirming what many political pundits had unanimously confirmed, the announcement of Khan as the winner came just after midnight (May 7).

On his win, the newly elected Mayor of London opened his speech by thanking Londoners for their support.

Khan said: “London is the greatest city in the world, I’m so proud of our city, I’m deeply humbled by the hope and trust you’ve placed in me today.”

The father-of-two didn’t miss the opportunity to take a veiled jab at his Tory rival, Goldsmith who has been criticised by figures both within his party and commentators for running a “negative campaign.”

Khan said: “This election was not without controversy and I’m so proud that London has today chosen hope over fear and unity over division. I hope that we will never be offered such a stark choice again.”

The former human right lawyer promised Londoners the opportunity “not just to survive but to thrive,” and to be a mayor for all Londoners.

Commenting on his colleague’s historic win, Tottenham MP David Lammy said: “After a divisive, nasty, racist, smear laden campaign, Londoners white, black and brown have gone out in droves right across the city and rejected it.

"I’ve known Sadiq now 20 years, it is wonderful, in the end, son of an immigrant, born on a council estate and given the biggest electoral mandate of any politician of colour in Europe is a huge breakthrough for ethnic minority people in this country so I’m really pleased.”

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