Sadiq Khan pledges to rebuild Government relations in mayoral victory speech

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Sadiq Khan will today launch a major campaign to attract tourists back to London on day one of his second term as the capital's mayor.

Labour party candidate Sadiq Khan, who comfortably won his second term as London's mayor, secured just over 55 per cent of the votes in the second counting round.

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Although Khan failed to win an outright majority in the first round, he ultimately prevailed in the second round when second preference votes were counted.

"I am deeply humbled by the trust Londoners have placed in me to continue leading the greatest city on earth", Mr Khan said, who focused his campaign on creating jobs and boosting London's tourism economy.

Despite the party's tensions, Khan, who became the first Muslim mayor of London in 2016, is confident that the government of conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson will support a final candidacy.

"There is no question we are seeing significant impact from turnout and voters believing they could put a smaller party first preference without influencing the election result".

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"It's in this spirit that I promise to lead London over the next three years, building bridges between the different communities in our city, building bridges across cultural, social, and class divides", he said.

In his victory speech, Khan pledged to build a "better and brighter future" for the capital following the coronavirus pandemic, while calling for it to be a time for the country to "heal" following divisions such as Brexit.

Mr Khan, a former member of parliament who replaced Mr Johnson as leader of the British capital with a population of nearly nine million people, has faced criticism over rising violent crime in the capital, particularly stabbings involving teenagers.

Analysts attribute this to the city's younger, more ethnically diverse and more pro-European Union population, which unlike most of England, overwhelmingly opposed Brexit.

In a speech from City Hall, Conservative candidate Bailey said the close race showed that Londoners have not written him off, as he said pollsters and journalists did.

The 50-year-old Khan, a favorite in the elections for the vote, said, "I hope the government is on our side".

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