Sadiq Khan reselected to be Labour candidate at next London mayoral election

Posted On: 
14th September 2018

Sadiq Khan has been reselected as Labour candidate for the next London mayoral election.

Sadiq Khan has taken a different stance from Jeremy Corbyn on some issues.
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He has secured the support of more than 50% of party members in the capital, meaning he cannot be challenged.

Mr Khan's position became unassailable when he won the backing of the powerful GMB union.

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It means he will now seek a second term in City Hall at the next mayoral elections in 2020.

Warren Kenny, the GMB London regional secretary told Huffington Post: “Two years ago Londoners elected Sadiq Khan as London Mayor by a thumping margin in the face of a nasty and divisive campaign from the Tories.

"Since he came to office our Mayor has consistently championed people living and working in London.

"We are proud to be giving GMB’s firm backing to Sadiq Khan to carry on the job of making London a fairer and more equal city."

Paul Maloney, the GMB's southern regional secretary, added: "In the face of savage austerity and a Tory government, Sadiq has worked tirelessly as mayor to support Londoners.

"By investing in social and council housing, freezing transport fares and with record City Hall investment in the Met police to tackle gun and knife crime, Sadiq has shown he is on the side of London’s workers."

Speculation had been mounting that Mr Khan could face a challenge from supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, given his previous clashed with the Labour leader.

Most recently, he went further than Mr Corbyn by criticising anti-Israel posters which were stuck on bus stops around London.

A Labour spokeperson would only say: "This material hasn't been created or endorsed by the Labour Party."

Mr Khan also put himself at odds with Mr Corbyn by urging Labour MPs to defy the party whip to back a string of amnedments to the Government's flagship Brexit bill.