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London mayor election results 2021: When we’ll know who won the mayoral vote – and who the candidates were

The i 08/05/2021 Alex Finnis
Sadiq Khan wearing a suit and tie: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan outside a polling station on Thursday (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Mayor of London Sadiq Khan outside a polling station on Thursday (Photo: Getty)

Sadiq Khan is facing an anxious wait to discover whether he has been re-elected as Mayor of London.

Counting got underway on Friday morning. Normally volunteers would have started tallying the votes overnight, but the process has been slowed down this year to make sure it complies with social distancing rules.

It means we will not know the result until Saturday afternoon, or possibly Sunday morning if the race is closer than expected.

The polls showed Mr Khan held a commanding lead over Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey as voters went to the polls on Thursday, but the gap had been closing.

A London Labour source told ITV News the party has concerns over low turnout.

“While we are hopeful Londoners have chosen to re-elect Sadiq as their mayor, we remain concerned that turnout combined with voters believing they can afford to put smaller parties first without consequence, means it is not impossible that the Tories sneak over the line,” they said.

London election result times

Londoners also voted for their constituency members of the London Assembly on Thursday.

Seven constituencies are expected to report their results on Friday evening: Bexley and Bromley, Brent and Harrow, Ealing and Hillingdon, Havering and Redbridge, Lambeth and Southwark, North East and West Central.

The remaining seven – Barnet and Camden, City and East, Croydon and Sutton, Enfield and Haringey, Greenwich and Lewisham, Merton and Wandsworth and South West – should report on Saturday evening.

Once these results are in, the results for the London-wide seats in the assembly will be calculated and published.

What does the Mayor of London do?

The Mayor’s key powers are around transport, since they oversee Transport for London (TfL), making them responsible for the Tube, buses and all other TfL services.

This includes setting fares and also controlling the congestion charge.

The Mayor also has some power over the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade, can approve housing projects and works to encourage business and cultural opportunities in the capital.

Who are the candidates?

Sadiq Khan – Labour

Mr Khan’s campaign is putting a lot of focus on jobs – he has pledged to help more than 300,000 Londoners who lost their jobs during the pandemic re-enter the workforce.

He also promises to oppose government austerity, make transport more affordable, build more council homes rather than luxury apartments, tackle air pollution and climate change and be tougher on crime.

“London gave me the opportunities to go from the council estate where I grew up to being Mayor of the greatest city on Earth,” he said.

“I still wake up every morning passionate about delivering my promise to Londoners: to make London a fairer city where all Londoners get the opportunities that our city gave to me and my family.”

Shaun Bailey – Conservatives

Shaun Bailey holding a sign posing for the camera: Shaun Bailey wants to put more police on the streets (Photo: PA) © Provided by The i Shaun Bailey wants to put more police on the streets (Photo: PA)

Mr Bailey has put forward a three-part plan for a “fresh start” for London.

The first part is hiring 8,000 new police officers and putting a new youth centre in every borough, to try to make the capital’s streets safer.

The second is “restoring order” to London’s transport network, and the third is to create 100,000 homes that can be sold for less than £100,000, to help first-time buyers get on the property ladder.

Last month Mr Bailey was accused of attempting to politicise the death of Sarah Everard. He has also been accused of sexism in the past, for saying some women deliberately become single mothers so they can claim benefits.

Luisa Porritt – Liberal Democrats

a person wearing a blue shirt: Luisa Porritt is focusing on jobs, clean air and housing (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Luisa Porritt is focusing on jobs, clean air and housing (Photo: Getty)

Mr Porritt is focusing on jobs, clean air and homes in her manifesto.

It puts a lot of emphasis on how London will change and adapt after the pandemic, such as reinventing the high street in response to the online shopping boom.

Ms Porritt said: “I love this city, it’s where I grew up and it’s given me so much.  But huge challenges, such as the affordability crisis and the impact of Covid-19, mean this is a crucial moment for London.

“The pandemic will change our city forever. We need big ideas and urgent action to rise to the challenge – and I am determined to show what a liberal London can be like.”

Sian Berry – Green

Siân Berry posing for the camera: Sian Berry’s manifesto is centred around the environment (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Sian Berry’s manifesto is centred around the environment (Photo: Getty)

Ms Berry is also focusing on housing and the environment in her manifesto.

On housing she says: “A safe place to live is a human right. But in London we are failing. The number of people left destitute to sleep on the streets is appalling, and this is just the most visible sign of a much bigger problem.”

And on the environment she adds: “London could be leading the way with our response to the climate and ecological crisis, but no Mayor has yet acted with the urgency needed.”

She wants to bring forward zero-carbon targets from 2050 to 2030.

Laurence Fox – Reclaim

Laurence Fox looking at the camera: Former actor Laurence Fox is strongly anti-lockdowns (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Former actor Laurence Fox is strongly anti-lockdowns (Photo: Getty)

Fox, who appeared in Lewis between 2005 and 2016, is polling at just one per cent, so is not going to become the next mayor of London.

He is standing on an anti-lockdown, vaccine-sceptic platform, and also wants to erect hundreds of new military statues and plaques.

“We are here to reclaim your freedom and we need to unlock London now,” he said.

Piers Corbyn – Let London Live

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Piers Corbyn is polling at just one per cent (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Piers Corbyn is polling at just one per cent (Photo: Getty)

Jeremy Corbyn’s brother certainly does not share the former Labour leader’s views.

Mr Corbyn is also running on an anti-lockdown platform, and wants more money to be spent on serious illness, such as cancer and diabetes.

He is totally against the implementation of vaccine passports, wants to stop the extension of the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) and pledges to end homelessness. He is also polling at one per cent.

Count Binface – Independent

a person on the machine: Count Binface was formerly known as Lord Buckethead (Photo: Getty) © Provided by The i Count Binface was formerly known as Lord Buckethead (Photo: Getty)

Count Binface, formerly known as Lord Buckethead, is a parody candidate who has previously run against Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May at general elections.

His key policies include renaming London Bridge Phoebe Waller-Bridge, after the Fleabag actor, and Hammersmith Bridge Wayne Bridge after the footballer.

He also wants no shop to be allowed to sell a croissant for more than £1, loud snacks to be banned from theatres and for the hand dryer in the men’s toilet at the Crown & Treaty pub in Uxbridge to be moved to a more sensible position.

Other candidates

  • Kam Balayev – Renew
  • Valerie Brown – The Burning Pink Party
  • Max Fosh – Independent
  • Peter Gammons – Ukip
  • Richard Hewison – Rejoin EU
  • Vanessa Hudson – Animal Welfare Party – People, Animals, Environment
  • Steven Kelleher – Social Democratic Party
  • David Kurten – Heritage Party
  • Farah London – Independent
  • Nims Obunge – Independent
  • Niko Omilana – Independent
  • Mandu Reid – Vote Women’s Equality Party on orange
  • Brian Rose – London Real Party
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