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Sadiq Khan wins Labour London mayoral selection

Sadiq Khan has decisively won the contest to become Labour's candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election.

He won 48,152 votes, a 58.9% share, in the fifth round of voting after four other candidates had been eliminated

Ex-minister Tessa Jowell, regarded as the frontrunner going into the contest, came second with 41.1% of the vote ahead of Diane Abbott in third place.

Mr Khan, the MP for Tooting, said he would seek to represent the whole of the city and make a "real difference".

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's The World at One, he said his top priority if elected would be tackle London's "housing crisis", ensuring "genuinely affordable homes to rent and buy".

Mr Khan said he would also focus on affordable public transport and confirmed he had changed his mind on the issue of a third runway at Heathrow Airport over air pollution fears, and would be campaigning against expansion.

A total of 87,884 legitimate votes were cast in the ballot, in which the other candidates were former ministers David Lammy and Gareth Thomas, veteran Labour MP Ms Abbott and transport expert Christian Wolmar.  BBC Website

Labour Mayoral candidate selection results
Name 1st round 2nd round 3rd round 4th round 5th round
Sadiq Khan 37.5% 37.8% 40% 44.7% 58.9%
Tessa Jowell 29.7% 30.1% 31.3% 34.6% 41.1%
Diane Abbott 16.8% 17% 18.2% 20.7%  
David Lammy 9.4% 9.6% 10.5%    
Christian Wolmar 5.4% 5.6%      
Gareth Thomas 1.2%        
Total votes 87,884 (70 spoilt)

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published this page in Blog 2015-09-11 17:13:20 +0100

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