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Labour Party's Sadiq Khan wins record third term as London Mayor, but booed at stage

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 05 May 2024, 04:53 am Print

Labour Party's Sadiq Khan wins record third term as London Mayor, but booed at stage London

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London/JEN: UK Labour Party leader Sadiq Khan won a record third term as London’s Mayor despite predictions that a low voter turnout of 40.5 percent in the May 2 election was likely to harm him.

With the last mayoral constituency declaring results late afternoon on Saturday, Khan clinched an easy win with a 43.8 percent vote share compared to his main opponent, the Conservative Party’s Susan Hall.

Hall managed to bag a vote share of 32.7 percent.

Khan had won nine of 14 constituencies and a vote margin of more than 276,000 votes.

In some instances,  the Conservatives did not see a vote swing towards them in their stronghold boroughs like Bexley and Bromley. 

According to reports, they lost others to Labour (West Central). On the other hand, in the inner borough of Southwark and Lambeth, there was a vote swing towards Labour.

Hall had campaigned to fight crime by hiking the number of police and moving to more localized policies. She had also promised to end Khan’s signature expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) for automobiles.

Khan, on the other hand, pledged to continue free meals in primary schools, promised to freeze certain public transport fares, and more police personnel. 

However, following his win when went on stage to speak, he was booed and heckled as some shouted "Khan killed London".

Media reports said the disruption was from the Britain First candidate, who even walked off the stage where the mayoral candidates had gathered.