Sadiq Khan 'has wasted five years' says Shaun Bailey
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Seven of 14 constituencies in the London mayoral election have now been called, showing incumbent mayor Sadiq Khan on course to win a second term. However, Shaun Bailey, the Tory candidate for mayor, made greater gains than expected and has made the vote a tighter race to watch.
When will we know final results?
Due to restrictions in place due to the pandemic, vote counting is taking longer than expected.
The final results are expected on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
The constituencies still to declare are likely to be favourable to Mr Khan, as five of the seven returned a strong Labour majority in the 2016 mayoral election.
The count so far showed Mr Khan holding a lead over Mr Bailey, of nearly 25,000 votes.
However, the race was far closer than predicted, with Tory’s Mr Bailey performing strongly in the suburbs and making the results a nail-biting watch on Friday.
The ‘second preference’ votes will likely be used as Mr Khan fails to achieve the landslide pollsters predicted in the run-up to the vote.
The second preference votes are also expected to favour Mr Khan as Green and Lib-Dem voters opt for Labour as their second choice.
As results trickled in on Friday, a tense moment saw Mr Bailey streak ahead of Mr Khan for a while.
The first set of results from four constituencies put Mr Bailey ahead of Mr Khan by 5,307 votes overall, with massive leads in the suburbs.
Tory suburban strongholds of Bexley and Bromley saw Mr Bailey with a lead of 56,280 over the Labour candidate.
He also pulled off a surprise lead in Brent and Harrow, with 65,566 votes to 61,778 – a gap of 3,788.
And he was ahead in the West Central area, which covers key Tory areas such as Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea, including the Ladbroke Grove area where Mr Bailey grew up.
Here he had a lead of 2,205, poling 53,713 to 51,508 for Mr Khan.
But after sending social media into meltdown as the reality of London turning blue once more seemed possible, the Labour candidate tore ahead on Friday evening.
Mr Khan scored a massive majority of 56,966 first preference votes in the Labour stronghold of Lambeth and Southwark.
But the results, published alongside the London Assembly seats being declared, showed Mr Bailey did outperform all expectations.
In Bexley and Bromley, he polled more than 100,000 votes – more than 3,000 more than Zac Goldsmith managed for the Tories in 2016.
In Brent and Harrow, the assembly seat was retained by Labour with a majority of more than 20,000 votes – but Mr Bailey outperformed his party’s assembly candidate by about 9,000 votes.
He also outperformed Mr Khan by 5,009 votes in Ealing and Hillingdon, with 79,863 votes to 74,854, despite the seat being held by Labour on the London Assembly.
Mr Bailey scored 82,361 votes in Havering and Redbridge, the constituency he and his family now live in, compared with 49,818 for Mr Khan – a net win of 32,543.
But Mr Khan performed strongly in the North East constituency, polling 67,126 more votes than his rival, 111,359 to 44,233.
In both of these east London constituencies, Mr Bailey surpassed the Tory vote achieved by Zac Goldsmith in 2016 by several thousand votes, despite a fall in overall turnout.
The results also showed the Greens performing strongly, claiming second place in the Lambeth and Southwark assembly constituency and putting them on course for three or a record four assembly members.
The Lib-Dems said their results would improve tomorrow when seats such and Richmond and Kingston declare.
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