Sadiq Khan has won on Saturday a second term of London’s mayor, attracting 55.2% of the popular vote. Khan defeated Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey. He became the first Muslim mayor of an EU capital city when he was first elected to the role in 2016. Speaking at City Hall, he promised “to strain every sinew to help build a better, brighter future for London”. The 51-year-old failed to reach his record-setting vote total of 2016, but won with a 228,000-vote majority. “I am deeply humbled by the trust Londoners have placed in me to continue leading the greatest city on earth,” Khan said. As recently as March, polls had given Khan a 25-point lead over his Tory rival, Shaun Bailey, handing him 53% of the vote. Despite winning in election, he has faced criticism over rising violent crime in the capital, particularly stabbings involving teenagers. Khan has called air pollution “the biggest public health emergency of a generation.” He has been praised for reducing the number of polluting vehicles in Central London.
Born in Tooting, South London, to a working-class British Pakistani family, Khan earned a law degree from the University of North London. He subsequently worked as a solicitor specialising in human rights issues and chaired the Liberty advocacy group for three years. During his legal career, he acted in actions against employment and discrimination law. Recently, he has been included in the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world.