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Sadiq Khan and Susan Hall face anxious wait for result after polls close

Sadiq Khan and his fundamental challenger Susan Hall face an anxious wait to search out out who would be the subsequent London Mayor after polls closed on Thursday night time.

More than two million Londoners are expected to have voted within the London mayoral election with Labour candidate Mr Khan, who’s looking for his third time period in workplace, the favorite to win towards his Conservative challenger Ms Hall.

Mr Khan has had a wholesome lead within the polls, however the race between the 2 frontrunners was electrified on Wednesday by a poll in the Standard which confirmed Mr Khan’s lead over Ms Hall had closed to the smallest since their campaigns began.

The Savanta survey for the Centre for London put the Labour mayor on 42 per cent and Tory candidate 32 per cent, the newest in a number of polls that confirmed Mr Khan’s lead narrowing over the course of the marketing campaign.

Mr Khan had said polls suggesting he was on track for a historic third term were “meaningless” and stated he would fortunately take the narrowest of victories. He advised the Standard: “I’m quite clear, as someone who used to captain our cricket team: a win is a win.”

Both the candidates, together with the 11 others within the mayoral race, now face a nervous wait forward of the result, which is due to be announced on Saturday.

Ballots will likely be verified on Friday however the precise counting of votes won’t happen till Saturday, with 1000’s of volunteers to rely the votes by hand throughout 14 centres.

The votes will likely be counted alongside the vote within the London Assembly elections. The first outcomes are anticipated at round midday on Saturday with hypothesis that by round 1.30pm it is perhaps clear who will emerge as winner, however the last result isn’t anticipated till the night.

The marketing campaign has not at all times caught the general public’s consideration however has had its feisty moments with the Mayor’s Ulez growth a transparent dividing line after Ms Hall stated it ought to be scrapped whereas Mr Khan stated his opponent would “cancel” free faculty meals for main faculty youngsters after she stated it ought to be a “temporary” measure to assist with the price of residing.

Other factors of distinction embrace Ms Hall’s pledge to broaden the Night Tube to the Hammersmith & City Line and recruit 1,500 extra Met Police whereas Mr Khan promised a TFL fare freeze till “at least 2025” and to finish tough sleeping within the capital by 2030.

A polling station (Getty Images)A polling station (Getty Images)

A polling station (Getty Images)

Susan Hall and Sadiq Khan clashed on LBC’s London mayoral hustings (LBC)Susan Hall and Sadiq Khan clashed on LBC’s London mayoral hustings (LBC)

Susan Hall and Sadiq Khan clashed on LBC’s London mayoral hustings (LBC)

London isn’t the one electoral battleground being fought over. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was braced on Thursday night time for a bruising set of outcomes with forecasts suggesting the Tories might lose as much as half the council seats they’re defending, with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt saying the social gathering expects to endure “significant losses”.

The first ends in the native elections are due in a single day with additional outcomes on Friday.

Number 10 will likely be hoping two outstanding Conservative mayors, Andy Street within the West Midlands and Tees Valley’s Ben Houchen, can hold on with polls suggesting slim contests with their Labour opponents.

Labour has talked down its possibilities of profitable each saying the mayoral system favours incumbents, although Sir Keir Starmer stated he’s “hopeful” it would win the West Midlands contest in an interview with Sky News.

Rishi Sunak canvassing in Chelsea with his wife (Edward Massey / CCHQ)Rishi Sunak canvassing in Chelsea with his wife (Edward Massey / CCHQ)

Rishi Sunak canvassing in Chelsea together with his spouse (Edward Massey / CCHQ)

Wins for each Mr Street and Mr Houchen would provide the Tories a ray of sunshine in what forecasts recommend might be a dismal set of outcomes, however consultants warned the metro mayor races can be the “least reliable indicator” of what might occur at a normal election.

Those outcomes are anticipated someday on Friday afternoon however earlier than then a sequence of native councils from Southend-On-Sea and Thurrock as much as Bolton and Hartlepool ought to have declared with an in a single day result additionally anticipated within the Blackpool South by-election which Labour is tipped to win after its sitting Conservative MP Scott Benton resigned within the wake of a lobbying scandal.

These all happen towards a background of dreadful polling outcomes for the federal government and reviews recommend some backbench Tories might problem the Prime Minister’s management if a nasty night time suggestions into catastrophe with the West Midlands and Tees Valley contests seen as doubtlessly essential to Mr Sunak’s future.

Current polling places the Conservatives decrease than they have been even below his predecessor Liz Truss.

A current YouGov/Times voting intention ballot put the Tories on 18%, down two factors within the final month which is the bottom Conservative vote share of this Parliament – decrease than below Ms Truss when it sank to 19%.

In distinction Labour is on 44%, although a few of Mr Sunak’s senior ministers together with Kemi Badenoch and Penny Mordaunt – each talked about as seemingly management candidates ought to the job change into vacant – have backed him in public.

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