Daily uk news Labour's Sadiq Khan wins a second term as London mayor but sees his majority SLASHED by former rank outsider Shaun Bailey as Tory advances across the UK spread to the capital  PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Labour incumbent will serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.

Daily uk news Labour's Sadiq Khan wins a second term as London mayor but sees his majority SLASHED by former rank outsider Shaun Bailey as Tory advances across the UK spread to the capital  PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - The Labour incumbent will serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.

Daily uk news  Labour's Sadiq Khan wins a second term as London mayor but sees his majority SLASHED by former rank outsider Shaun Bailey as Tory advances across the UK spread to the capital  PremierLeague-News.Com
08 May 2021 - 22:15

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sadiq Khan won a second term as mayor of London tonight - but with his majority hammered by Tory Shaun Bailey.The Labour incumbent will serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.But he was pushed all the way by Mr Bailey, who until yesterday had been given little hope of getting anywhere close to him.  Mr Khan tonight polled 1,206,034 votes to Mr Bailey's 977, 601, a majority of 228,433. With second preference votes included Mr Khan won 55 per cent of the vote, down from 57 per cent in 2016.But in a sign that will please the Tories, Mr Khan's lead over Mr Bailey is narrower than the 14-point win he achieved over Tory Zac Goldsmith in 2016. Mr Khan won around 40 per cent of first preference votes. Shaun Bailey came second with 35.3 per cent of the votes. However, Mr Khan pushed further ahead on second preference votes. Speaking after his defeat Mr Bailey talked about being written off by pollsters and the media, adding: 'It's no surprise to me that Londoners didn't write me off.' A result was expected earlier this evening, but counting was delayed after staff at a one count found three unopened boxes of votes after they had finished.  The Labour incumbent appears set to serve a truncated new three-year term after winning the election that was postponed from last year due to the pandemic.  window.nextVideoBundleLocation = "https://www.dailymail.co.uk/static/videoplayer/3.0.0-pr-244.1079-patch5/"; Mr Khan's lead over Mr Bailey is far narrower than the 14-point win he achieved over Tory Zac Goldsmith in 2016. Green Party's Sian Berry is in third place ahead of the Liberal Democrats' Luisa Porritt Labour blame Covid for defeat because Keir Starmer couldn't 'set out his vision' for the country' The Labour Party today blamed the coronavirus pandemic for 'restricting' the opportunities' for its politicians to campaign across Britain after the Conservatives racked up a string of stunning poll victories in the local elections.The post-mortem deepened for Sir Keir Starmer's party today with results now in from 84 of 143 English councils. The Tories recorded a net gain of seven authorities and 173 seats, while Labour had a net loss of four and 164. Labour was thrashed in the Hartlepool by-election, with Jill Mortimer securing a majority of almost 7,000, while Tory Ben Houchen won a second term as mayor of Tees Valley with a whopping 73 per cent share of the vote.And the Conservatives gained control of a series of councils, including Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Dudley, Harlow and Nuneaton and Bedworth – reversing the mid-term slump often suffered by governing parties.With the Tories also winning seats across the West Midlands, senior figures were increasingly confident that the region's mayor Andy Street will secure a second term in office when returns there are announced today.It comes as counting started again this morning in the Scottish Parliament election. With 48 constituency results declared yesterday, the SNP had 39 seats, Liberal Democrats four, Conservatives three and Labour two. Some constituencies are still to be counted today, when the crucial regional list results will also be declared.Also this morning, Labour's shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds told breakfast TV that the pandemic had 'restricted the opportunities' for the party leader Sir Keir to 'set out his vision' for the country. adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement Labour sources today were not counting their chickens, given how close the race was last night, and amid a national picture in England which has seen the Tories make large gains. 'It's still very early in the day but it's looking positive at this stage,' they told MailOnline this afternoon.

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.'If Labour does retain London it will be a rare bright spot in an otherwise torrid week for the party in elections. It received a pummelling in the Hartlepool by-election and the vote for the Tees Valley mayor, and has lost council seats across the country. But in Wales the party equalled its best-ever Senedd result by winning 30 seats, effectively giving it a majority in the 60-seat chamber. It means Labour's Mark Drakeford remaining in place as First Minister. It also saw Dan Norris elected West of England mayor, beating Conservative candidate Samuel Williams.Meanwhile in Manchester Andy Burnham received a massive mandate as he was returned as mayor of Greater Manchester with a majority of more than 300,000.Meanwhile in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon is looking on course for a narrow majority in the Scottish parliament that will heap pressure on Boris Johnson to agree to a new independence referendum - although the result is still too close to call. Authorities will announce later this afternoon whether the winner in London will be announced tonight or whether the last few boroughs will continue counting on Sunday morning. Mr Khan, a Remainer, had been expected to romp home in the capital, which voted heavily against Brexit.Polls last month suggested that he would gain more than 50 per cent of the vote – enough to knock out Conservative opponent Shaun Bailey in the first round under the supplementary voting system used in the election.If the result is closer it will put pressure on Mr Khan in a city where the Tories were believed to be weak.Nicola Sturgeon upped the ante in her independence battle with Boris Johnson today, warning that his attempts to block a new referendum would fly in the face of 'Scottish democracy'. Nicola Sturgeon warned Boris Johnson not to stand in the way of a new Scottish independence referendum tonight, saying it was the 'will of the people'.The First Minister lashed out at Mr Johnson and 'right-wing Brexit-obsessed Tory governments' in Westminster as the SNP won the Scottish Parliament election. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It's the will of the country': Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris... Keir Starmer SACKS deputy Angela Rayner as party chair after... Share this article Share With 49 of the 73 constituency results declared in Scotland by this morning, the Scottish National Party had 40 seats, Liberal Democrats four, Conservatives three and Labour two. The SNP needs 65 seats for an outright victory in Scotland Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Jacksons Wharf in Hartlepool, County Durham, yesterday following MP Jill Mortimer's victory First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the count for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections at the Glasgow Emirates Arena yesterday Ms Sturgeon's party is far and away the largest in Holyrood, but fell agonisingly short of an overall majority by a single seat, in a blow to her separatist ambitions.      The Tories held Aberdeenshire West by more than 3,000 ballots thanks to tactical unionist voting to make it all-but impossible for the SNP to wrestle overall control, leaving them needing a coalition with the Greens.In a fiery victory speech tonight in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon said that the Scottish electorate had 'voted to give pro-independence parties a majority in the Scottish Parliament'. 'Usually - and by the normal standards of democracy - parties are expected to deliver on the commitments they make in elections, not face attempts to block them from doing so,' she said.'Given the outcome of this election, there is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for Boris Johnson or anyone else seeking to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose our future.''If there is such an attempt it will demonstrate conclusively that the UK is not a partnership of equals and that Westminster no longer sees the UK as a voluntary union of nations.''That in itself would be a very powerful argument for Scotland becoming an independent country.' Any attempt by Scottish politicians to unilaterally try to hold a referendum would lead to a Supreme Court battle between Holyrood and Westminster. Mr Johnson last night insisted he would not back the 'irresponsible' move that could break up the union. Ms Sturgeon was hoping to hit or pass the required 65-seat mark to give her a stronger mandate to hold a repeat of the 2014 referendum against the wishes of Boris Johnson's Westminster Government.   But election expert Professor Sir John Curtice this afternoon predicted that the Aberdeen vote would leave the SNP two short on 63.  Conservative Alexander Burnett held on to the seat with 19,709 votes, increasing his majority there and defeating Fergus Mutch, who polled 16,319 for the SNP. 

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