**Sadiq Khan ‘wins’ over Zac Goldsmith in London mayoral race as Tories attack their own ‘appalling campaign’
With the votes still being counted, London is expected to have elected its first Muslim mayor, with Sadiq Khan delivering a resounding victory for Labour, ending eight years of Conservative rule at City Hall. **
The official announcement was delayed on Friday evening due to “a small discrepancy” in the vote counting, leaving Mr Khan leading his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith 44 per cent to 35 per cent after the counting of the first round votes.
Mr Khan capped an assured campaign with a convincing triumph, while Goldsmith faced a growing backlash over a campaign which critics described as “divisive” and dependent on “dog whistle” politics…
As the outcome of the race became clear, senior Conservatives joined the backlash against the Goldsmith campaign.
**Recriminations even extended even to Mr Goldsmith’s own family, with sister Jemima, a journalist and campaigner, tweeting that she was “sad” her brother’s campaign “did not reflect who I know him to be – an eco-friendly, independent minded politician with integrity”.
Former minister and Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy said voters had reacted against a campaign that he called “divisive” and “laden with smear”.
“Right across London, black, white and brown have gone out and voted for unity,” he told The Independent. “This is the first time an ethnic minority politician has been given a mandate from millions of people,” he added.**
"It’s an extraordinary moment, one we can all delight in whatever our political party… Right across the world they will be talking about this election result. It’s a global moment.”
**New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his congratulations to Mr Khan, calling him a “fellow affordable housing advocate” and said he was looking forward to working with his new counterpart.
The win represents a major boost for Labour, which had suffered the humiliation of slipping to third place in Scotland, once a stronghold for the party. **
But Mr Khan, a former human rights lawyer, has distanced himself from Corbyn throughout his campaign, particularly over the party leadership’s handling of allegations of antisemitism within Labour ranks.