SADIQ KHAN has backed Sir Keir Starmer’s campaign for Labour leadership.
The Mayor of London said the frontrunner in the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn was the apt person to reinvigorate the party.
In a tweet this morning, Khan said he knew Starmer “for decades”, and that the shadow Brexit secretary was his pick to “unite our party, take the fight to the Tories and put Labour in government”.
I will be voting for @Keir_Starmer to be the next Labour leader. I’ve known Keir for decades. He’s the best person to unite our party, take the fight to the Tories and put Labour in government. #AnotherFutureIsPossible
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) February 26, 2020
A source said Khan believed Starmer was capable of making “the changes needed in order to win again”.
Starmer said he was “honoured to have received Sadiq’s backing”, adding that he was looking forward to “campaigning alongside him to keep London Labour”.
In 2015, the MP for Holborn and St Pancras had endorsed Khan’s bid to be Labour’s mayoral candidate.
Interestingly, London-based lawyers used to work together when Khan was human rights solicitor and Starmer a barrister.
Starmer seemed to have a clear edge over fellow candidates, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, in the leadership race that will culminate on April 4.