LABOUR’S Sadiq Khan has won the race to become London’s new Mayor, according to reports.
Sky News are saying it is now mathematically impossible for his Tory rival Zac Goldsmith to catch him in the race for City Hall.
Mr Khan, the Tooting MP, will become the first Muslim Mayor in the capital when he replaces Boris Johnson.
His victory, which is yet to be formally announced, comes after Mr Goldsmith was attacked for running a divisive campaign focussing on his opponent’s supposed links to ‘extremists’.
The Conservative MP for Richmond was accused of using ‘dog whistle politics’ and coded racism to drive voters away from the Labour candidate.
But the strategy, created by the firm run by Lynton Crosby – who masterminded David Cameron’s 2015 General Election win – backfired horribly.
He was criticised by senior figures in the party such as former chairman Baroness Warsi, herself a Muslim, who was upset by a piece written Mr Goldsmith linking Labour to terrorists.
And as his defeat seemed certain today a host of Tories lined up to attack his campaign, with London Assembly member Andrew Boff saying he had “blown up bridges” in the capital.
Instead voters in London have flocked to the Labour son of a bus driver from south London, who served as a minister under Gordon Brown.
Before becoming an MP in 2005 the 45 year-old was a human rights lawyer.