London’s new mayor takes on Donald Trump, religious extremism, and a Brexit: Report


 

Newly-elected mayor of London Sadiq Khan has told the publication Time that he could not visit the United States because of his Muslim faith if Trump were elected president.

Khan became London’s first Muslim mayor on Saturday. He told the publication that Trump’s controversial policy stances could make it hard for him to visit the world’s largest economy and one of the U.K.’s strongest international allies.

“If Donald Trump becomes the president I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can’t engage with American mayors and swap ideas,” Kahn told Time in an interview. “I’m confident that Donald Trump’s approach to politics won’t win in America.”

Last year, the GOP frontrunner made waves when he called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants due to terrorism concerns—drawing condemnation from both Democrats and Republicans alike. A representative from the Trump campaign did not immediate respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Monday.

Kahn said that turning communities against each other is not “conducive to living successfully and amicably,” the publication reported. The newly-elected mayor described himself to TIME as the “antidote” to hatred, and said he brings unique experience to the table when dealing with Muslim extremists.

He also addressed a potential British exit from the European Union, telling TIME it would be “catastrophic for our city”.

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan is leading the London mayoral elections race, provisional counting shows.

After all 14 declarations, he leads Conservative Zac Goldsmith but as he does not have 50% of the total vote, second preferences are being counted.

Labour are also the biggest party on the London Assembly having won nine out of 14 boroughs.

In total, 43% of voters chose Labour for the Assembly, while 31% went for the Conservatives.

The Green Party had the third most votes.

Voter turnout was 45%, an increase of 7% on 2012.

All the boroughs were the same as the last election, other than Merton and Wandsworth which Labour gained from the Conservatives.

The other Labour boroughs are: Barnet and Camden, Brent and Harrow, City and East, Ealing and Hillingdon, Enfield and Haringey, Greenwich and Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark and North East.

The Conservatives held Bexley and Bromley, Croydon and Sutton, Havering and Redbridge, South West and West Central.

Go to BBC London Live for the latest election results, reactions and news

Vote counting at Alexandra Palace, Excel and Olympia, is being done electronically.

As the counting got under way, Mr Khan said: “I am always nervous.

“I am the least complacent person you will find but I also enjoy good weather, so I’m enjoying the good weather today,” he said.

“I loved the campaign. I have always enjoyed talking to Londoners and the last 24 hours have been fantastic.”

Voters were able to choose first and second preferences for mayor, and two types of London Assembly member – one for their area and one for the city.

Whoever becomes the new mayor holds the largest personal mandate for any political office in the UK. The victor will succeed Boris Johnson who defeated Ken Livingstone

 

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The mayor has control over four major policy areas in London – transport, policing, environment, and housing and planning – and the London Assembly scrutinises the mayor’s policies.

The assembly must also be consulted over the Greater London Authority budget. It can reject mayoral policies or amend the draft budget if two-thirds of its members agree to do so.

Speaking in Sheffield, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Tory candidate Mr Goldsmith’s had engaged in a “smear” campaign in trying to link Mr Khan to “extremists” and this had helped Labour.

“This vile campaign run by the Tories, the way they’ve tried to smear Sadiq Khan, the methods they’ve used and the language they’ve used, has had a very big effect in exactly the way they didn’t want.

“So many people are just revolted by what was said about Sadiq yesterday they came out and voted for us.”

His comments come after senior Conservative London politician Andrew Boff criticised the party’s mayoral campaign for seeking to link Mr Khan to “extremists”.

“I was supportive of the whole campaign apart from one element and that one was where it seemed to attribute radical tendencies to people of orthodox religious views.

“I think that is a complete misunderstanding of the patchwork of faiths there are in London, and has the potential to alienate people.”

Apology for Barnet voters

Meanwhile outgoing mayor Boris Johnson thanked the capital for his eight years in office, as he sent his final messages from the official London Mayor Twitter account.

He tweeted: “It’s time to sign off from City Hall – it’s been the most amazing privilege to be your mayor.”

Barnet Council apologised to voters on Thursday and an investigation has been launched after many people were turned away from polling stations in the borough because their names were missing from the poll list.

It confirmed all 155 polling stations had been affected but said staff had accurate registers by 10:30 BST.

Voters whose names were missing had been allowed to apply for an emergency proxy vote.

source BBC news

 

 

 

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