Labor Sadiq Khan re-elected mayor for the third time | EUROtoday

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VShe’s the primary to acquire a 3rd time period in London: Labor chief Sadiq Khan was re-elected mayor of the British capital this Saturday, May 4, introduced a number of British media following the vote rely. At 53, this son of Pakistani immigrants is effectively forward of Conservative Party candidate Susan Hall, and thus exceeds the 2 mandates served by his predecessor and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The son of a bus driver, he first gained the London mayorship in 2016. He then grew to become the primary Muslim to guide a Western capital. For his first time period, he vigorously fought Brexit. This time, he promised a metropolis that was “fairer, safer, greener for everyone.”

He desires to increase his free lunch program for public faculty youngsters. He, who grew up in social housing, is dedicated to making sure that 40,000 new social housing items are constructed. He promised to behave in order that there can be no extra homeless folks in London by 2030. This man with salt-and-pepper hair and a small top of 1.65 m is taken into account uncharismatic.

The Conservatives' pet peeve

Which didn’t stop him from changing into the bête noire of the conservative press and the “Tories”, in energy within the United Kingdom since 2010. They relentlessly assault him on safety. They accuse him of being accountable for the rise in stabbing assaults, a scourge that Sadiq Khan attributes for his half to the austerity coverage of conservative governments which might have led to a discount in police numbers.

Sadiq Khan's opponents accuse him of getting prolonged final 12 months to higher London the tax on polluting autos, launched in 2015 by Boris Johnson. The Conservatives jumped on the alternative, accusing Sadiq Khan of getting little regard for Londoners affected by the price of residing disaster.

Former Tory Deputy Prime Minister Lee Anderson claimed in February that Islamists had “taken control” of Sadiq Khan. “He gave our capital to his cronies,” stated the MP, who has since joined the far-right Reform UK occasion. A number of years earlier, in 2019, former US President Donald Trump focused him throughout a wave of jihadist assaults in London, and referred to as him a “national disgrace” and a “total loser”. “Only one of us is a loser, and it’s not me,” replied Sadiq Khan.

The mayor embodies one of many success tales that London, a world metropolis happy with its range – the place 46% of residents establish as Asian, black, blended or “other” – loves. He by no means misses a possibility to mirror on his humble origins and readily talks about the truth that he observes the Ramadan quick, doesn’t drink alcohol and tries to say his prayers every single day.