Labor Sadiq Khan renewed his term as mayor of the English capital London on Saturday with 69 percent of the second preference vote in a runoff election against the conservative Shaun Bailey.
This is Khan’s second and final term, which, according to the BBC, will hold him as mayor of the city for three more years after gaining a majority with 228,000 votes.
Bailey, who received 44.8 percent of the first and second round votes, increased the Tory voter turnout by 1.6 percent. The Conservative has congratulated Khan, although he has added that he hopes he will not base his term on “blaming everything on the government”.
Knowing the results, Khan has stated that the results of the elections celebrated in the UK this Thursday show “a deeply divided country”. “The scars of Brexit are not yet healed (…) A raw culture war divides us further,” he added.
The Mayor of London referred to the general results of the Labor Party, whose chairman Keir Starmer described as “bitterly disappointing” and which led to the dismissal of the party’s president and campaign coordinator, Angela Rayner.
Starmer’s comments came after Hartlepool symbolized the collapse of the Labor Party when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives removed a seat from the opposition party it had held for nearly 50 years.
Khan’s re-election is a hope for Labor. Khan was first elected Mayor of London in 2016 with a landslide victory, breaking the Conservatives’ eight-year tenure at City Hall.