Sadiq Khan: Election results ‘on a knife edge’ says Tice
The Labour incumbent is currently leading his Tory opponent by 40 percent of the vote to 36 percent. Early counts suggested the vote was close but Mr Khan has since opened up a convincing lead.
Of the seven boroughs that have yet to finish counting Labour is ahead in five with Mr Bailey leading in two.
The result is likely to be much narrower than in 2016 when Mr Khan beat the Conservatives Zac Goldsmith by 14-points.
Speaking to the Daily Mail a Labour insider described the results as “positive”.
They said: “It’s still very early in the day but it’s looking positive at this stage.
Sadiq Khan has a five point lead over his Tory rival
Sadiq Khan is seeking reelection as London mayor
“But we remain extremely cautious because there has been a national swing to the Tories.”
Mr Khan is expected to pick up many second preference votes from Green and Liberal Democratic voters.
Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate, is currently in third followed by the Liberal Democrat Luisa Porritt.
They are followed by YouTuber Niko Omilana and former actor Laurence Fox who is running on an anti-lockdown ticket.
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Votes are being counted in the London mayoral election
However Mr Khan still appears to be underperforming in an election he was expected to win easily.
London based writer Sherelle Jacobs tweeted: “I know many shy Tories in London who are absolutely fed up with the London mayor’s vapid virtue-signalling in a city riven with crime, poverty and housing problems.”
Writing for Spiked Online Brendan O’Neill added: “Sadiq hasn’t truly represented London – he has launched a culture war against it.”
Both main candidates thanked their supporters on Twitter after polls closed on Thursday.
Mr Khan said: “To the thousands of Labour activists and supporters who joined us on the most unique election campaign of my lifetime.
“To the Londoners who came out to lend me your vote for the better and brighter future our city deserves.”
Mr Bailey tweeted: “Standing for mayor is the experience of a lifetime.
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“Standing for mayor is the experience of a lifetime”
“So with polls now closed, I want to thank everyone who voted for me and campaigned with me.
“Whatever the result, we gave a voice to Londoners who know our city needs a fresh start.”
The London mayoral poll coincided with elections for the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, London Assembly, many English councils and some city mayors.
Nationally the Conservatives performed strongly taking the Hartlepool parliamentary seat from Labour.
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For councils the Tories gained control of Harlow, Northumberland, Pendle, Nottinghamshire, Nuneaton, Dudley, Cornwall, Basildon and Maidstone.
Boris Johnson travelled to Hartlepool to celebrate the Conservative win in a traditional Labour stronghold.
He commented: “What happened in 2019 was that people mandated us to get Brexit done and to begin the process of uniting and levelling up.
“I want to thank everyone who voted for me”
“I think what’s happened now is they can see we did get Brexit done and to a certain extent they can see we delivered on that.
“I think what people want us to do now is get on with delivering on everything else. And so, number one is continuing the vaccine rollout – making sure we go from jabs, jabs, jabs to jobs, jobs, jobs.
“Make sure we have a strong economic recovery. But then get on with a massive project for this country – and it is a very ambitious thing.”