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Sadiq Khan widens lead over Shaun Bailey after three-quarters of votes are counted in London mayor race


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adiq Khan remained on course to be re-elected London mayor after opening up a five point lead over Shaun Bailey this afternoon.

By 2.30pm, with counting three-quarters complete, Mr Khan was on 40 per cent but Mr Bailey had fallen back one point to 35 per cent.

The first day’s counting ended last night with Mr Khan having received 487,104 first preference votes to 462,837 for Mr Bailey – a lead of 24,267.

Counting resumed today at 8am.

By 11am today, Mr Khan was ahead in five of the seven remaining constituencies and had an overall lead of 40 per cent to 36 per cent for Mr Bailey.

By 2.30pm, Mr Khan had retained his lead in the same five constituencies.

Five points: Sadiq Khan’s lead over Shaun Bailey has increased

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Mr Khan was ahead in Barnet & Camden – though only by one point after Mr Bailey narrowed his lead in the marginal north London constituency to 39 per cent v 38 per cent – and in City & East (49/27), Enfield & Haringey (46/30), Greenwich & Lewisham (47/26) and Merton & Wandsworth (44/33).

Mr Bailey was ahead in Croydon & Sutton (45/31) and South West (37/35). He had slowly gained ground throughout the morning but looked unlikely to gain sufficient votes to overtake Mr Khan.

It is hoped the winner can be declared this evening but this may be delayed until Sunday morning if progress is slow.

Candidates have been told the target is for an 8.30pm declaration of the new mayor – but a decision will be made at around 6pm today on whether to switch to a Sunday announcement if counting falls behind schedule.

Shaun Bailey and wife Ellie: stormed the Tory suburbs

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It is highly likely that second preference votes will have to be counted. These come into play if no candidate secures more than 50 per cent of first-preference votes.

If this happens, the 18 candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and the two leading candidates go through to a second round.



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