London mayoral race heats up: The Standard podcast

London mayoral race heats up (PA Wire)
London mayoral race heats up (PA Wire)

There’s less than two weeks to go until Londoners cast their ballots and a new exclusive YouGov poll for The Standard has revealed the gap is closing between Sadiq Khan and Susan Hall.

The Tory contender is on 27 per cent, up three points from February, and her Labour rival is on 46 per cent, down three points.

Ms Hall has significantly recovered ground on Mr Khan in outer London, where the Ultra Low Emission Zone expansion is far more controversial.

However, he has boosted his lead in inner London, from 54 per cent to 19 per cent in February, to 64 per cent to 14 per cent, a gap of 50 points compared to 35 two months ago.

Inner London is traditionally strong Labour territory, while in the past the “donut” of outer London has more favoured the Tories.

The poll results come the day after Sadiq Khan published his manifesto. Promising free school meals for primary school children in London for the next four years, potential further fare freezes, and ruling out “any form of pay-per-mile smart road user charging system”.

Susan Hall meanwhile is yet to publish her manifesto but has spoken of her plans to expand the Night Tube, provide 1,500 extra police officers to crack down on crime, and abolish the expansion of the ULEZ.

Ross Lydall, our City Hall Editor & Transport Editor, explains the significance of the polls and discusses the candidates’ latest announcements as election day draws near.

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