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  • Updated: May 04, 2024

UK: Conservatives suffer defeat as Sadiq Khan wins third term

UK:  Conservatives suffer defeat as Sadiq Khan wins third te

Sadiq Khan, the Labour mayor of London, secured a historic third term on Saturday, delivering yet another blow to the Conservatives in what is being described as their worst local election performance in recent memory, mere months before an anticipated general election.

Khan, 53 won 43.7% of the vote, beating Conservative challenger Susan Hall by about 11 percentage points to extend his control of the capital that began in 2016.

“It’s truly an honour to be re-elected for a third term,” Khan told supporters, accusing his Tory opponent of “fearmongering”.

“We ran a campaign that was in keeping with the spirit and values of this great city, a city that regards our diversity not as a weakness, but as an almighty strength — and one that rejects right hard-wing populism,” he added.

It adds to a dismal set of results for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as his Tories finished a humiliating third in local council tallies after losing nearly 500 seats in voting Thursday across England.

 

 

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