Khan’s London mayoral victory must no longer be observed as a storming triumph


The primary leads to the election for London mayor prompt a large dissatisfied was once at the playing cards.

Alas for Shaun Bailey – the Tory candidate who was once written off, as he stated in his runner-up speech, via pollsters, bookies and the top command of his personal birthday party – the specter of a surprise outcome did not remaining lengthy.

The effects from the primary 4 of the 14 large constituencies around the capital had put him greater than 5,000 votes forward of Labour’s Sadiq Khan, odds-on favorite to win a 2d time period, on first personal tastes.

Time to dream? Possibly. However no longer for lengthy.

Mr Bailey had certainly trounced Mr Khan within the Tory stronghold of Bexley and Bromley, narrowly gained in Brent & Harrow, Ealing & Hillingdon and West Central and gained with ease in Havering and Redbridge.

The ones early effects put Mr Bailey not off course to out-perform Zac Goldsmith – now put in within the Area of Lords via Boris Johnson – when he stood towards Mr Khan in 2016.

However the Tory Champagne – if the birthday party’s activists had even stricken to shop for any – may have stayed within the refrigerator. And by the point the overall results of the mayoral election was once declared, the ones Conservative activists may have been crying into their beer as a substitute.

The fully predictable Khan comeback started with a thumping victory within the Labour stronghold of Lambeth & Southwark and North East.

Day two of the consequences started with Mr Khan successful with ease in Greenwich & Lewisham, narrowly in Barnet & Camden after which with ease once more in Merton & Wandsworth and Enfield & Haringey.

Mr Bailey then gained Croydon & Sutton with ease, South West after which within the ultimate results of the night time he misplaced in Town & East.

Consequently, Mr Khan the previous Labour minister and ex-MP for the south London constituency of Tooting, was once topped because the capital’s mayor, as broadly predicted, and was once in a position to respire a sigh of aid.

The general vote casting figures – after the second one spherical – have been 55.2% to 44.8%, quite not so good as his successful margin of 57%-43% over Mr Goldsmith 5 years in the past, even though effects for the London meeting have been similar to the ones in 2016.

Mr Khan polled 1,013,721 first personal tastes, which with 192,313 2d personal tastes added as much as 1,206,034. Mr Bailey gained 893,051 first personal tastes, which along with his 84,550 2d personal tastes gave him a complete of 977,601.

The Inexperienced Celebration’s Sian Berry was once 3rd with 197,976, the Lib Dems’ Luisa Porritt fourth with 111,716. There have been 20 applicants in all, together with actor Laurence Fox, scourge of “wokes”, who polled 47,634.

In his victory speech, which was once low-key and severe and concentrated at the demanding situations of the pandemic, Mr Khan claimed he had gained an “overwhelming mandate”.

No longer actually. A 55%-45% victory does not depend as overwhelming.

His victory must no longer be observed as a storming triumph, in contrast to that of “King of the North” Andy Burnham, who was once previous re-elected mayor of Larger Manchester within the first spherical of vote casting in his election with just about 70% of the vote.

And after “Starmergeddon” – the Labour meltdown in Hartlepool and the city halls around the so-called “Crimson Wall” this week, which brought about Sir Keir Starmer to sack his deputy Angela Rayner from her different submit as birthday party chair – it is Mr Burnham who’s the birthday party’s undisputed chief in ready, probably poised to exchange the faltering Sir Keir Starmer.

Sadiq Khan was once the long run as soon as. No longer to any extent further. Whilst Mr Burnham has been rewarded in his election for status as much as Boris Johnson and being a vocal champion for his area all the way through the pandemic, Mr Khan’s recognition has been broken somewhat than enhanced all the way through his first time period as mayor.

Conservative's Shaun Bailey arriving at City Hall, London, for the declaration for the next Mayor of London. Picture date: Saturday May 8, 2021.
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Many Londoners can not forgive him for the visitors chaos he has inflicted on them with highway closures and cycle lanes that experience created gridlock and paralysed lots of the town’s main arterial routes.

Pointing out struggle on automobiles, motorists and “white van guy” might play smartly with left-wing Labour activists, but it surely infuriates many Londoners who want a automotive for paintings or to offer lifts to older members of the family.

Whilst Mr Burnham took at the high minister on COVID-19, Mr Khan was once out-manoeuvred via Mr Johnson over the calamitous funds of Delivery for London, resulting in fare rises and spending cuts.

Mr Khan and his supporters can now experience a short lived birthday party of his victory. However Tory activists might surprise what would possibly had been.

As an alternative of writing off Mr Bailey as a loser, if the Conservative Celebration management had put as a lot effort into the London contest as they did into the Hartlepool by-election marketing campaign and the battleground within the “Crimson Wall” councils, their candidate within the capital would possibly have given Mr Khan extra of a fright.

And the ones early successes because the London effects got here in, which in brief raised Tory hopes, would possibly have persisted somewhat longer, slowing the Khan comeback, and made additional inroads into the Labour mayor’s inevitable march to re-election.


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