United Kingdom: Sadiq Khan elected Mayor of London
Referring to his council estate roots, Mr Khan, the city’s first Muslim mayor, said he wanted all Londoners to have the same opportunities he has had.
It comes as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon defended Conservative Zac Goldsmith’s campaign, describing it as the “rough and tumble” of politics.
The much-criticised campaign questioned Mr Khan’s alleged links to extremists.
Mr Khan beat Mr Goldsmith, by 1,310,143 votes to 994,614, giving him a larger personal mandate than either of his predecessors, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.
He has announced he will step down as MP for Tooting, meaning a by-election will be held to elect a new representative in Parliament.
The former Labour minister’s victory in London ends eight years of Conservative control of City Hall.
It has also given a boost to Labour after its poor performance in Scotland’s election which saw it slump to third place behind the Conservatives.
Following on from its London success, Labour has also won Bristol’s mayoral contest, with candidate Marvin Rees beating the incumbent, independent George Ferguson, by a comfortable margin.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed Mr Rees’ victory, saying in a tweet: “Another Labour mayor who will stand up for their city!”
But Mr Corbyn was absent from Mr Khan’s swearing-in ceremony earlier on Saturday.
Mr Khan – who nominated but did not vote for Mr Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest – said he was “not sure” why, adding: “We’ll have to find out what he was doing.”
Video: Sadiq Khan elected London Mayor
Video: Sadiq Khan Becomes The first Muslim Mayor of London
Video: London’s new mayor Sadiq Khan has been sworn into office