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London Mayor proposes "cheapest and most sustainable" Olympic Games

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan thanked the Jewish community on Saturday following his reelection for a second term, noting that his first event as mayor was a Yom HaShoah commemoration.

The result will be a glimmer of hope to the Labour Party after it received a drubbing in local elections in England, losing control of a host of councils and a humiliating defeat in the Hartlepool by-election.

While it remains likely Mr Khan will secure re-election, the results so far suggest a further round of counting will be required for the redistribution of second preference votes.

The overnight tally showed Khan won 39% of first preference votes with Bailey winning 37%.

In his victory speech, Khan referred to his humble origins, growing up in public housing in an ethnically mixed residential area in south London.

Khan was first elected mayor of the capital in 2016 in a landslide victory that broke the Conservatives' eight-year hold on City Hall.

Others pointed out that despite the large financial backing, press coverage and the endorsement of former Ukip and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, his final result was rather anticlimactic.

Khan said: "Today I am at the iconic Shakespeare's Globe to launch Let's Do London - the biggest domestic tourism campaign London has ever seen to champion our businesses, cultural institutions and attractions that have suffered so much during the pandemic".

Khan has made a name for himself as a vocal critic of Brexit and of successive Conservative prime ministers, including his mayoral predecessor Boris Johnson - as well as for a feud with former United States president Donald Trump.

While Mr Johnson has enjoyed wide success elsewhere in England, the opposition party has become increasingly dominant in the British capital.

In a speech after Khan, Conservative candidate Bailey said: "As I went through these, for me what was two years of campaigning, one feeling felt familiar to me, one challenge had always felt the same".

In an opinion piece written for the Guardian in 2019, Khan criticized his own party over the issue, writing, "It's devastating that so many Jewish people now feel that Labour - a party that should be their natural home - does not have their best interests at heart, and worse, seems to them to be unwilling to tackle the scourge of antisemitism within".

"But it's no surprise to me that Londoners didn't write me off".

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