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London gets first Muslim Mayor as Khan, son of a bus driver wins election

imageBritain makes a new record today in its elections history. Sadiq Khan was declared the first Muslim Mayor of London tonight after comfortably defeating Tory rival Zac Goldsmith.
In a glimmer of light for Jeremy Corbyn from an otherwise dire set of election results, emerging results at City Hall made it clear there was no route to victory for Mr Goldsmith.
Mr Khan scored more than a million votes on the first round alone and appeared likely to rack up the largest individual mandate in British electoral history once second preference votes were included. 
Steven Norris, a former MP and mayoral candidate, insisted it was ‘no use having a dog whistle when everybody can hear it’ as he led criticism of Mr Goldsmith’s campaign.
Andrew Boff, the Conservative leader on the Greater London assembly, said the strategy had been a mistake and could damage relations with the Muslim community.
Roger Evans, a deputy to Boris Johnson at City Hall, also weighed in, warning that Mr Goldsmith’s campaign would leave a ‘negative legacy’. 
In a remarkable broadside on the Tory mayoral candidate, Mr Boff said his party’s tactics could damage relations with the Muslim community.
Roger Evans, a deputy to Mr Johnson, also weighed in, warning that Mr Goldsmith’s campaign would leave a ‘negative legacy’. 
And former Conservative mayoral hopeful Steven Norris pointedly said there was ‘no use having a dog whistle when everybody can hear it’. 
Former Tory chairwoman Sayeeda Warsi said: ‘Our appalling dog whistle campaign for London Mayor 2016 lost us the election, our reputation & credibility on issues of race and religion.’ 
Even Mr Goldsmith’s sister Jemima said: ‘Sad that Zac’s campaign did not reflect who I know him to be- an eco friendly, independent- minded politician with integrity.’
She added: ‘Congratulations to Sadiq Khan – 1st Muslim Mayor of London- a city for all cultures, backgrounds & religions.
The bus driver’s son who became London’s first Muslim mayor: How ex-human rights lawyer Sadiq Khan has been dogged by links to extremists – but claims he’s a moderate who loves manicures and wooed his wife with a Filet-O-Fish in McDonald’s
London’s first Muslim mayor Sadiq Khan is the proud son of a Pakistani-born bus driver who considers himself so liberal he backed gay marriage and even launched his campaign in a pub. 
The Labour MP also put tackling terrorism and ‘rooting out its cancer’ at the heart of his election manifesto and pledged to put the capital on a ‘war-footing from day one’.
Mayor Khan was helped into City Hall by Tory rival Zac Goldsmith’s campaign, which was even branded ‘racist’ by his own party after he claimed Labour ‘thinks terrorists are its friends’.  
But his political career has been dogged by incidents where he has ended up sharing the platform with extremists.
The former human rights lawyer has also been forced into a recent humbling apology to Londoners for giving the impression he shared their views.
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