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Sadiq Khan extends lead over Shaun Bailey in mayoral election UK News

Sadiq Khan extended his lead over Tory rival Shaun Bailey as the London mayoral election tally enters its second day.

Despite being an initially close race for most of yesterday’s day, the Labor candidate now has a five percent lead over Mr Bailey.

Of the seven London constituencies counted today, five are Labor-held, suggesting Mr Khan’s lead is likely to increase.

As more constituencies are counted, Shaun Bailey’s share of the first preference votes has risen from a high of 38% yesterday to 35% today, while Sadiq Khan is currently at 40%.

While Mr Khan is unlikely to win solely on first preference votes, as some opinion polls have predicted, he should win when second preference votes are counted.

Elsewhere, Green Party candidate Sian Berry currently holds eight percent of the first preference votes, while Liberal Democrat Luisa Porritt holds four percent.

As it stands, 17 of the 20 mayoral candidates are expected to lose the £ 10,000 deposit required to run for mayor.

Concerns have been raised over the presentation of the mayor’s ballot, however, with more than 42,000 ballots so far having been rejected because more than one candidate was selected as a first preference.

The results of the mayoral election and London-wide Assembly seats are expected to be revealed later this evening or tomorrow morning (May 9).

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This notice was published: 2021-05-08 15:27:13