Sadiq Khan wins London mayor election - what happens now

Incumbent Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, smiles after winning an historic third term in office
Sadiq Khan beamed on stage at City Hall after winning an historic third term in office -Credit:Leon Neal/Getty Images

As the hubbub of the local elections dies down, many will be wondering what happens next. Sadiq Khan has once again been elected as London's mayor for a historic third term.

Votes were counted yesterday, with Labour's City Hall incumbent attaining more than one million votes (1,088,225). His Tory rival, Susan Hall, secured just 812,397. Mr Khan received almost 43.7 per cent of the vote, compared to Hall’s 32.6 per cent. This represents a swing of 2.5 per cent from the Tories to Labour compared with 2021.

So, with that decided, what happens now? After some celebrations, first, the mayor has to be sworn in as such.

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After his first win in 2016, Mr Khan was sworn in at Southwark Cathedral. During a more recent Christmas carol service in the building in December, he told the audience that the place is special to him for this reason.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attends his swearing in ceremony at Shakespeare's Globe next to Mary Harpley, chief officer of the GLA
Sadiq Khan was sworn in at Shakespeare's Globe in 2021 -Credit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In 2021 - with his second tussle with the Tories postponed due to Covid-19 - the mayor was sworn in in Shakespeare's Globe theatre. This was four days after his election, which suggests Mr Khan could be sworn in again as soon as next week.

Now that Londoners have picked their mayor, operations at City Hall and the London Assembly are set to begin again as normal. The body, which is composed of 25 people, is separate from the mayor's office and runs committees made up of multiple political parties.

The next meeting will be on May 10 - its Annual Meeting. During this, the body's chief officer will preside over the election of the Chair of the London Assembly for the 2024/25 Assembly year.

Assembly 'mustn't be a Glee club'

Last time, the chair was Conservative Assembly Member, Andrew Boff. He told MyLondon on Saturday (May 4) that whoever is elected as chair should 'hold the mayor to account' and not make the Assembly a 'Glee club' for Mr Khan.

Mr Boff also said that retaining anything above seven Tory Assembly Members 'would be good', as he sensed the group would 'take a hit'. He also revealed that he did not think that he was going to be elected this time. In the end, he was.

Andrew Boff AM at count for London elections in 2024
Andrew Boff AM says whoever is elected as the new Chair of the London Assembly should focus on holding the mayor to account -Credit:Adam Toms/MyLondon

After not having a meeting since March 14, TfL officials will also gather again. Its Safety, Sustainability and Human Resources Panel will meet on May 16.

Apart from all of these formalities, Mr Khan will now be keen to crack on with trying to deliver all that he promised Londoners during the mayoral election campaign. MyLondon will of course bring you all the latest.

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