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Sadiq Khan


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BY ANY standards 2023 has been a stellar and busy year for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Delivering free school meals for all primary schools in the capital, freezing transport fares for five years and expanding the ultra-low emission zone or ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) for the whole of his domain. And just in case Khan does not have enough on his plate, 2024 is election year. If he is lucky and Londoners lend him their vote, he will be voted in for a record third time. More, if his party is lucky, Khan will get to work with his long-term friend, Sir Keir Starmer. Not that he is taking anything for granted. “I’m hoping that Londoners will lend me their vote again on May 2” Mayor of London Khan continued.

“It’s not about making history, a third term, it’s about shaping our future. “But I’m really excited about the chance of a Labour mayor working with a Labour prime minister. I’ve known Keir [Starmer] for almost 30 years, we used to work together as lawyers. He’s a thoroughly decent man, he understands our best years are ahead of us. He’s worked incredibly hard, so I’m really excited about the chance of working with Kier Starmer again when he’s prime minister, and I’m London mayor. But it will only happen, though, if people vote Labour on May 2nd, and whenever the general election is called.” The problem is that his critics have played dirty. Take for example what happened last November. Khan fell victim to a fake audio clip posted on social media which made out that he wanted to postpone Armistice Day, so a proPalestinian march could go ahead. “That was a complete lie, a fabrication, but the problem was that misinformation spreads like wildfire,” he said.

“Those

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