‘My name is Sadiq Khan and I’m the mayor of London.’
Labour MP savours the moment after comprehensively beating Zac Goldsmith
Sadiq Khan has been sworn in as the new mayor of London, saying he wanted all Londoners to have the same opportunities he has had.
The Labour candidate beat his Tory rival Zac Goldsmith by 1,310,143 votes to 994,614, giving him a larger personal mandate than either of his predecessors, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.
He has announced he will step down as MP for Tooting, meaning a by-election will be held to elect a replacement in the Commons.
In his victory speech in the early hours of Saturday morning, Khan said: “I'm deeply humbled by the hope and trust you've placed in me today."
In a clear dig at the Tory campaign against him, Khan went on to say that he was pleased that London chose "hope over fear and unity over division".
As he was later swore in as London mayor in a ceremony in Southwark Cathedral, Khan declared proudly: "My name is Sadiq Khan and I’m the mayor of London."
The son of Pakistani immigrants who was brought up on a council estate also stated: "I'm only here today because of the opportunities and helping hand that our city gave to me and my family.
"My burning ambition for our city, that will guide my mayoralty, is to ensure that all Londoners get the opportunities that my city gave to me."
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