British Labour party's Khan wins London mayor vote

    British Labour party's Khan wins London mayor vote

    May 7, London: The British Labour party's Sadiq Khan has been elected as London mayor by comfortably outrunning of his nearest rival.

    Khan picked up 44 percent of first preference votes to Conservative Zac Goldsmith's 35 percent. The Labour candidate then picked up enough second preference votes to cross the 50 percent threshold.

    The Labour party's leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated Khan on his victory on Friday evening.

    Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith's campaign has been marked by accusations of being "dirty"  and "negative" , including from within his own party, for its emphasis on Khan's ties to alleged extremists, reports said.

    Critics have accused Goldsmith of attacking Khan on the basis of his Muslim faith and labelled his campaign racist , a claim he denies.

    Khan, who calls himself "the British Muslim who will take the fight to the extremists", accused Goldsmith of trying to scare and divide voters in a proudly multicultural city of 8.6 million people, more than 1 million of them Muslims.

    The new mayor of the UK's capital is the son of immigrants from Pakistan who settled in London in the 1960s, where his father worked as a bus driver, Al Jazeera reported.

    Khan studied law and later became a human rights lawyer before being elected as the Labour MP for the London constituency of Tooting in 2005.

    Gordon Brown, the former British prime minister, included Khan in his cabinet, first as minister for communities and then transport. After Labour lost power in 2010, its leader Ed Miliband included Khan in his shadow cabinet.

    Huge numbers congratulated Khan and expressed pride in the UK's diversity, but for others it was more evidence of the supposed Islamisation of the West.

    The Oslo Times 


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