Sadiq Khan beats favourite, Tessa Jowell, to win Labour mayoral nomination

Landslide victory for Tooting MP heralded as evidence of left-wing surge in Labour              

Sadiq Khan has been confirmed as Labour’s candidate for mayor of London at the 2016 mayoral election.

Khan’s win is a surprise result with all polls leading up to the party election pointing to a comfortable win for Tessa Jowell.

The victory is being viewed by many as evidence of a Jeremy Corbyn surge, as Khan opposed the invasion of Iraq and is considered a more left-wing MP than Jowell, who supported the war and was close to Tony Blair.

Khan received 37.5% of the first round votes, while Jowell got 29.7%. In third place, Diane Abbott received 16.8%, David Lammy won 9.4%, Gareth Thomas got 1.2% and Christian Wolmar got 5.4%.

After all other candidates were eliminated, final voting preferences left Sadiq Khan with 58.9% and Tessa Jowell on 41.1%.

Power to the people?

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“What Wolfie Smith was about was power to the people, and that’s what our manifesto will offer – power to the people,” Khan told us back in March. Read our interview with Sadiq Khan here.

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