United Kingdom: Sadiq Khan wins a third term as Mayor of London

Labour’s victory represents a serious blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party, which recorded its worst results in municipal elections in recent decades.

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mayor of london, Sadiq Khanmade history on Saturday by becoming… The city’s first mayor was elected for a third term.

Khan (53 years old) easily defeated the conservative candidate Susan Hall It dashed the Conservative Party’s hopes of seizing the British capital from the centre-left Labor Party for the first time since 2016.

Among his campaign actions, Khan promised to make this possible Swimming in the River Thamesa river that has been declared biologically dead and flows like a kind of open sewer when heavy rains overwhelm the English capital’s ancient plumbing system.

Khan is the son of a bus driver and a tailor from Pakistan, and grew up in a council flat with seven siblings in south London. He was a human rights lawyer before he became one He was elected to Parliament in 2005 as a member of the Labor Party.

The battle against Conservatives

In 2016, he became Khan The first Muslim leaderFrom an important western capitalPatrick Diamond, a professor of public policy at Queen Mary University of London, told the AP that his victory over a rival whose mayoral campaign was “at least somewhat anti-Islamic.”

Khan’s new victory adds to the series of dismal results achieved by the British Prime Minister. Rishi Sunakwho saw him Conservatives It comes in third place Loss of nearly 500 seats In town councils, after voting on Thursday 2 May in England and Wales.

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In late February, Sunak came under pressure to condemn anti-Islamic comments made by MP Lee Anderson about Khan, amid… Growing tensions. The Conservative MP claimed that the Islamists had “taken control” of Khan and the City of London. Sunak said Anderson “made a mistake” in his comments, and denied his party tolerated anti-Muslim bias.

Sunak has until January 28 Calling for general electionsHe said he intends to do so In the second half of 2024.

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