Sadiq Khan’s victory over the Conservatives’ Shaun Bailey was hailed as inevitable months earlier than the polls closed on Thursday. Polls such because the Mile Finish Institute/YouGov survey of Londoners on the finish of March confirmed a large 21-point lead for the previous Tooting MP within the mayoral contest. Ultimately, the outcome was a lot nearer than predicted, with Khan receiving 55.6 % of first and second desire votes, and Bailey on 44.8%.
Though Bailey’s marketing campaign was characterised by a sequence of blunders, errors and questionable views which noticed him written off by even the Conservative Occasion, he did a lot better than anticipated.
The following three years
Along with his majority decreased, the mayor will wish to be sure that he begins the subsequent time period properly.
His plans to assist the capital’s restoration from the pandemic had been the centrepiece of his re-election marketing campaign, promising a London that’s “greener, fairer and safer” sooner or later. As a part of making this promise a actuality, he should work with borough administrations to invigorate excessive streets and produce jobs to the areas the place London is rising: the suburbs.
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It stays to be seen whether or not the company exodus from central London will bear out. Nonetheless, guaranteeing that the centre retains its vibrancy and nightlife also needs to be a precedence. The capital makes a substantial amount of cash out of tourism and many roles depend on it.
The UK authorities connected unpopular strings to the bailout of Transport for London it agreed with Metropolis Corridor. With these funding restrictions in place and public transport utilization nonetheless a lot decrease than regular, Khan faces a troublesome battle to get the community earning profits once more, to not point out Crossrail again on observe.
The housing and homelessness disaster within the capital is about to worsen as soon as evictions from the non-public sector begin up once more, furlough ends and the results of the UK authorities’s insurance policies to additional inflate the housing bubble start to point out.
Khan has carried out properly during the last 5 years to fund new properties at reasonably priced hire ranges however they’re a drop within the ocean in comparison with the variety of homeless households in want of subsidised housing. Constructing on the profitable “everybody in” coverage to get folks sleeping tough off the streets in the course of the pandemic is essential to creating certain that London doesn’t see a return to the excessive ranges of road homelessness that noticed a person die exterior parliament three years in the past.
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In the meantime, the demise of Sarah Everard, the police’s remedy of ladies at a vigil for her, and ongoing accusations of institutional racism imply that the Metropolitan Police is within the public highlight. There was an increase in violent crime, with knife crime usually within the headlines.
The mayor has a troublesome stability to strike right here. He’s proudly liberal and a champion for London’s open values. He’s additionally the equal of a police and crime commissioner. With the present head of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, unlikely to have her contract prolonged subsequent 12 months, Khan faces a troublesome search to search out somebody who will work with London’s communities to make sure the police serves them and makes the town a safer place to reside.
Farah Hussain is a Labour native councillor within the London Borough of Redbridge.