Emily Thornberry backs Sadiq Khan for London Mayor

Sadiq Khan and Emily Thornberry

Sadiq Khan and Emily Thornberry - Credit: Archant

Former shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has backed Tooting MP Sadiq Khan’s bid to become the next Mayor of London.

Ms Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, has joined Islington Council leader Richard Watts in backing Mr Khan to represent Labour in the battle to replace Boris Johnson next year.

“Sadiq Khan is the candidate with the background, determination, ideas and guts to achieve for everyone in this great city,” said Ms Thornberry.

“He knows what is needed to win – in his own marginal constituency of Tooting, and across the city.

“He led Labour to the best local election results in the capital since 1971 and to seven additional MPs in the general election.

“He also reflects all that is good about modern and diverse London. He’s the son of immigrants who came to the capital to make a better life. He grew up on a council estate and went to university, before building a successful career as a lawyer and running his own firm. He was elected an MP for his local community, becoming a minister and being the first Muslim to attend Cabinet.”

Mr Khan’s main opposition in the race to lead Labour’s bid for City Hall are Dame Tessa Jowell, Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott and MP for Tottenham David Lammy.

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Islington resident, author and transport expert Christian Wolmar is also among the candidates.

Ms Thornberry said: “Our city faces a housing crisis, it needs more and better jobs, and public transport is overcrowded and expensive.

“Sadiq recognises this needs to change, and has the ideas to deliver this change for London.”