Sadiq Khan today pledged to be a “Mayor for all Londoners” as he seized the capital’s top job with the biggest ever mandate from the electorate. The new Mayor took back London for the Labour Party after eight years with a staggering 1,310,143 votes to Tory rival Zac Goldsmith’s 994,614.
Spotlight: New London mayor Sadiq Khan, flanked by opponents Zac Goldsmith, from left, Lee Harris, Ankit Love and Caroline Pidgeon (Carl Court/Getty Images)
In his words of acceptance, he said he had a “burning ambition” for every Londoner to have the same opportunities that he had growing up on a council estate in Tooting.
He added: “The opportunity not just to survive but to thrive. The opportunity to believe in a better future for you and your family.”
In a personal speech, he evoked the memory of his father Amanullah Khan, an immigrant from Pakistan whose job as a bus driver became one of the hallmarks of Mr Khan’s campaign.