Sadiq Khan, Member of Parliament for Tooting defeated Conservative Member of Parliament Zac Goldsmith on Friday. “My dad would be so proud that the city he chose to call home has chosen one of his children to be mayor,”. He announced that he would resign as MP for Tooting “as soon as possible”. His election as Mayor of London made him the first actively affiliated Muslim to become mayor of a major Western capital and gave him the largest personal mandate in British electoral history.
Boris Johnson, Ex-Mayor Congratulated him by tweeting and posting on FB that “Many congratulations to Sadiq on securing a huge mandate to do the best job in British politics. I wish him every possible success and will be calling him in the morning. I have also been in touch with Zac and thanked him for his heroic efforts to carry the Conservative banner in our city, in spite of the strong headwinds he faced at this stage in the political cycle. I believe the high turn out is proof once again that the London mayoralty is now firmly established in the public mind, and I have no doubt the incoming mayor will be able to use the growing powers of the job to deliver improvements in the lives of Londoners.”
Zac Goldsmith, His Opponent posted ” I want to thank everyone across London who has made this election run – relatively – smoothly. And I want to thank my team and the thousands of volunteers who have given up so much time to help my campaign. It has been a pleasure and an honour working with you. But above all I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who trusted me with their votes. I’m disappointed of course by the result, and that I won’t be able to deliver a manifesto that I’m proud of. A plan to make London the cleanest and greenest city in the world, to keep our city moving and growing, and to keep our city safe. I also want to pay tribute to my fellow candidates. In particular I congraulate Sadiq Khan, and I wish him well as he sets out to build on the successes we’ve seen under Boris Johnson.”