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Local election results 2024 live: Sadiq Khan to win London mayor race, BBC forecasts – BBC News



Labour will, needless to say, be breathing a sigh of relief
about Sadiq Khan’s impending victory in the London mayoral election.

It’s worth noting that he is the first ever London mayor to
win a third term in office (Ken Livingstone tried and failed, twice; Boris
Johnson moved onto bigger things).

There are likely to be Conservative recriminations about the
failure to harness anger at the ULEZ emissions scheme in outer London, or to
find a way to appeal to more voters in inner London.

Many will argue that their
failure stems back to the chaotic candidate selection process, though the
London Conservatives were always going to be operating in a very difficult
national environment, too.

For an example of Conservative failure, look at Bexley and
Bromley, in outer London, where Conservative vote share was flat compared to
2021 – a swing of precisely 0.0%.

The Uxbridge by-election last year, where the Conservatives
managed to hold onto a Labour target by campaigning almost solely on ULEZ,
feels a long time ago now.

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