Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor


Sadiq Khan has won the race to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s London mayor election.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

The former Communities Minister, who has supported Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest, said he was “humbled” to
have been selected.

During the campaign Tooting MP Mr Khan distanced himself from former Labour mayor Ken Livingstone and said he wanted to be “a Muslim mayor who stands up for Jewish rights”.

“I want to reach out for support from every community, not win by divide and rule. A strained relationship with one of London’s most important minority communities is unacceptable,” he had said.

"I share with the Jewish community their concerns over the rise of antisemitic attacks on Jews and on synagogues here in London.

“It’s disgraceful that here in 21st century London we have guards outside schools and synagogues protecting them. Antisemitism, like racism, is vile. I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish community.”

In June Mr Khan co-sponsored an early day motion in Parliament praising the efforts of campaigners to ban the a neo-Nazi protest planned for the heart of the north-west London Jewish community.

The other candidates were David Lammy and Diane Abbott.

Jay Stoll, of the Jewish Leadership Council, tweeted that his experience of working with Mr Khan suggested he was "a mensch with our best interests at heart".

Polling in recent months has shown Londoners favour the leading Conservative candidate, Zac Goldsmith, ahead of Mr Khan.

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