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Sadiq Khan powering to victory in London mayor race after winning three more constituencies


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adiq Khan powered towards victory tonight by outpolling Shaun Bailey in the first two constituencies to declare results today.

It came as election chiefs confirmed that the next mayor will be declared tonight, with the result expected around 830pm.

Labour incumbent Mr Khan was virtually guaranteed a second term after holding Barnet and Camden, a marginal seat which had to swing decisively to Mr Bailey to give the Tory any hope of a comeback.

Mr Khan polled 67,610 first preference votes in the north London constituency, against 65,822 for Mr Bailey, who was down almost 8,000 votes on the number polled by Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith in 2016.

Knock out: Sadiq Khan has his Tory rival on the ropes

/ PA Wire

Mr Khan also scored a hefty 76,731 first-preference votes in the Labour heartland of Greenwich and Lewisham, compared with 43,306 for Mr Bailey.

Earlier this afternoon, Mr Khan opened up a five point lead over Shaun Bailey. By 6pm he had retained the lead.

By 2.30pm, with counting three-quarters complete, Mr Khan was on 40 per cent but Mr Bailey had fallen back one point to 35 per cent.

The first day’s counting ended last night with Mr Khan having received 487,104 first preference votes to 462,837 for Mr Bailey – a lead of 24,267.

Counting resumed today at 8am.

By 11am today, Mr Khan was ahead in five of the seven remaining constituencies and had an overall lead of 40 per cent to 36 per cent for Mr Bailey.

By 2.30pm, Mr Khan had retained his lead in the same five constituencies.

Five points: Sadiq Khan’s lead over Shaun Bailey has increased

/ London Elects

Mr Khan was ahead in Barnet & Camden – though only by one point after Mr Bailey narrowed his lead in the marginal north London constituency to 39 per cent v 38 per cent – and in City & East (49/27), Enfield & Haringey (46/30), Greenwich & Lewisham (47/26) and Merton & Wandsworth (44/33).



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