Yes he Khan! London has its first Muslim mayor as Sadiq wins the battle for City Hall - while the Tories go to war over Zac Goldsmith's 'outrageous' and 'divisive' campaign
- Sadiq Khan scored more than a million votes on the first round of the result
- Data revealed Zac Goldsmith had no route to victory ahead of final scores
- Khan won more votes as an individual British politician than anyone ever
- As he faces defeat Goldsmith has come under fire from his own side
- Andrew Boff, Tory leader on the London Assembly, and former deputy mayor Roger Evans have slammed Goldsmith's negative tactics
- Official announcement delayed until midnight by counting problems
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.
The official declaration was due by around 6pm but a 'minor discrepancy' in the count pushed the final result back to around midnight.
Elections expert Michael Thrasher tonight declared the contest was over based on figures already released which showed it was impossible for Mr Goldsmith to catch up on second preferences.
The bitterly contested battle had seen Mr Goldsmith and David Cameron repeatedly raise Mr Khan's ties to extremists.
But the interventions did not sway voters in the capital – and the Prime Minister is now facing a massive Conservative backlash over the tactics.
Mr Corbyn welcomed the victory by tweeting: 'Can't wait to work with you to create a London that is fair for all.'
Sadiq Khan arrived at City Hall with wife Saadiya, right, for the London Mayor announcement tonight
The first round results handed Sadiq Khan a big nine point lead and after initial results on second preferences it became impossible for Zac Goldsmith to close the gap
A London Elects spokeswoman said: 'The returning officer is currently updating candidates and agents. There were some small discrepancies with regard to the mayoral figures and we have to take the time to check them.
'We're doing the checking in conjunction with the Electoral Commission.
'We have to take the time to resolve these issues. We are working towards a declaration at midnight. I apologise.'
Women's Equality Party founder Sandi Toksvig performed an impromptu stand-up routine as the waiting continued in the London mayoral contest.
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. A great example to young Muslims.'
Mr Khan and his family were met by a huge group of reporters as he arrived at London's City Hall for tonight's declaration of the crucial mayoral race
Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith, pictured on the campaign trail, faced a firestorm of criticism from the Tories after losing heavily
Steve Hilton, the former senior advisor to Mr Cameron, said Mr Goldsmith had returned the 'nasty party' label to the Tory party.
He told Newsnight: 'The overall impression I got from Zac's campaign was a rather old-fashioned and frankly uninspiring campaign which I was really surprised about.
'Because Zac, who I know pretty well, is actually a really interesting, thoughtful, somewhat anti-establishment character in politics.
'He's got a very interesting set of views of different kinds on different issues, and it seemed to me that none of that was conveyed in his campaign which to be honest I found really weird.'
The extent to which the negative campaign run by the Tories failed was laid bare as the results rolled in.
Mr Khan was rewarded by strong swings in the vote in his favour across the capital and results suggested he won across more of the city than previous Mayors.
The poll result also indicates Mr Khan is set to shake off the toxic anti-Semitism row which has engulfed Labour for the past week.
Jeremy Corbyn was among the first to congratulate Mr Khan tonight even before the official results of the eleciton were declared
Baroness Warsi, a former Conservative Party chairwoman, led criticism of Mr Goldsmith for the way he conducted his mayoral campaign
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio led international congratulations for the new Mayor of London
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio led international congratulations to the new London Mayor, tweeting: 'Sending congratulations to London's new Mayor and fellow affordable housing advocate, @SadiqKhan. Look forward to working together!'
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, offered her 'felicitations' on Twitter, saying she was looking forward to strengthening co-operation between the two capitals on key issues like housing, pollution and culture.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said: 'Congratulations Sadiq Khan. You will be an outstanding Mayor of London.
'Your positive vision and dignity beat a campaign of fear and division.'
Tory Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: '@Sadiqkhan from one son of a Pakistani bus driver to another, congratulations.'
Outgoing mayor Mr Johnson today thanked the capital for his eight years in office as he sent his final messages from the official London Mayor Twitter account.
He tweeted: 'It's time to sign off from City Hall - it's been the most amazing privilege to be your mayor.'
Minutes after the polls closed in the London mayoral election last night, Mr Boff criticised Mr Goldsmith's strategy for focussing on Mr Khan's apparent links with radical Muslims, telling the BBC: 'It was effectively saying that people of conservative religious views are not to be trusted and you should not share a platform with them.
Empty ballot boxes were discarded at the London mayoral count today as the results were finalised this evening
He added Mr Goldsmith had 'done real damage' and had 'blown up bridges' that the Tories had built with London's Muslim communities, adding it was a mistake to 'equate people of conservative religious views with sympathising with terrorism'.
'I mentioned that I thought this was a mistake for future integration in London. If you are a London politician this is just a bizarre thing to do,' he said.
'I do believe it's going to affect Conservatives at the sharp end, especially in those parts of London where there is a high Muslim population.'
Outgoing mayor Boris Johnson signed off from his official Twitter account today and said it had been the 'most amazing privilege' to fill the role for the past eight years
Mr Evans told BuzzFeed: 'I'm concerned that the campaign we've run is going to leave a negative legacy which we in London are going to have to clear up long after the the people who ran Zac Goldsmith's campaign have gone on their way.
'I've been the deputy mayor for the last year and it's been my job to go and talk to communities in London,.
'I've always been very pleased with the courtesy with which I was received and the hearing all communities were willing to give to a Conservative politician.
'We're going to have to do quite a lot of work to re-establish trust with a lot of communities in London, that's a shame and an opportunity missed.'
Workers at the London Mayoral count in north London today began the process of opening the boxes and beginning the count to find out the winner
The final poll, by YouGov for the Evening Standard, suggested a comfortable win for Mr Khan today - forecasting a 57 per cent to 43 per cent margin for the Labour candidate.
Voters in the London Borough of Barnet reported problems at polling stations yesterday and said they were being turned away and told to come back later.
If the result across London proves to be closer than expected, the difficulties in Barnet could provide the basis for a legal challenge to the whole result.
Richmond MP Mr Goldsmith launched a 24 hour campaign blitz, making visits across the capital to venues including a kebab shop, milk round and a street market to try and avert defeat earlier this week.
In his final hours as Mayor today, Boris Johnson officially opened the huge new cycle routes across London - a project Mr Johnson has admitted was his toughest achievement
And in the Commons earlier this week, Mr Cameron used Prime Minister's Questions to build on the controversial campaign to link Labour to extremism.
He angrily challenged Mr Corbyn over alleged links to Hamas and Hesbollah.
Mr Corbyn initially tried to dodge the issue, insisting: 'I have made it very clear Labour is an anti-racist party and there is no room for anti-Semitism.'
But under intense pressure he then conceded that any group that committed racist or anti-Semitic acts was 'no friend of mine'.
The attack came after Israeli ambassador Mark Regev delivered a thinly-veiled attack on politicians who 'embrace' Hamas, the armed wing of which is banned in Britain as a terrorist group.
Voters went to the polls under sunny skies in Haringey, North London, yesterday - driving turnout to more than 45 per cent
The bus driver's son who became London's first Muslim mayor: How ex-human right
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.s 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
Upbringing: The son of a bus driver Amanullah (far left) is proud of his life in South London (pictured in his mother's arms) and is now the first Muslim Mayor of London
Protection: The MP considered getting security for his wife Saadiya and children because of death threats received because he backed gay marriage
The politician has apparently made nine appearances alongside Sulaiman Ghani, a radical cleric who said was a supporter of ISIS and believes homosexuality is 'unnatural'.
MailOnline also revealed this year that in 2009 he supported groups promoting Islamic extremism and gave a speech while the 'black flag of jihad' was openly flying in the hands of children.
This week he apologised for calling moderates Muslim groups 'Uncle Toms' on Iranian-backed Press TV, also in 2009, a slur used by black people to suggest that members of their community are subservient to whites.
Despite this the father-of-two has himself suffered death threats from Islamists who hate him for being too liberal, especially because he voted for same-sex marriage.
Mr Khan admitted a Fatwa on his head made him consider getting bodyguards for his solicitor wife Saadiya, and their two children Anisah and Ammarah, 16 and 14. because he feared their lives were also in danger.
Officers in his Tooting constituency in London have been put on high alert, and will respond 'extra-quick' should an incident be reported at his home.
Sadiq Khan is the son of a bus driver who grew up in London, and represents the Tooting constituency he was born in.
Photographs of his childhood show his family standing proudly outside their council home and another shows him waving a union flag and wearing a crown on the day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 1977.
He is Labour's first mayor since Ken Livingstone, who he used to help advise, but has fought to distance himself Red Ken's politics and also Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Lawyer Mr Khan wooed his fellow-lawyer wife of 22 years Saadiya over a Filet-O-Fish in a Croydon McDonalds and nights at a nearby cinema.
The pair wed married in 1994 and now have two teenage daughters.
Early life: Bus driver Amanullah Khan with his childrens Farhat Khan, 8, Tariq Khan, 4, Sadiq Khan, 2, Zahid Khan, 12, on the Angell Estate taken in 1972
Growing up: Mr Khan, pictured in white shirt and blue jeans wearing a crown on the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, says he has 'spent my whole adult life fighting extremism'
Mr Khan, one of Ed Miliband's closest friends, sees himself as a liberal left-winger and he has even admitted that enjoys facials and manicures.
Wife Saadiya recently booked him into a spa as a romantic surprise and he shops in Banana Republic because 'you can buy clothes for short people like me'.
The handsome 45-year-old says a cab drivers told him recently: 'I thought it was George Clooney for a minute' - another said he looked like Jose Mourinho.
London contains 40 per cent of Britain's Muslims and he has spoken widely about the importance of his faith.
It is their backing that will have helped him to 44 per cent of first preferences, compared
His family always observe Ramadan, including fasting, and he was the first British minister to make make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
He said: 'I attended mosques and madrassas in Tooting and Balham, adding to the knowledge of Islam taught me by my family. From a young age we learned the importance of the five pillars of Islam; faith, prayer, charity, fasting — and Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, a journey every Muslim must try to make in their lifetime'.
Mr Khan says he has 'spent my whole adult life fighting extremism'.
He added: 'I know that Muslims have a responsibility to speak up, address this problem head on and to show that it will not be tolerated — and I've paid a high price for doing exactly that'.
He admitted recently that almost every Muslim has met one and said: 'It's affected my personal life, my friendships, and my career. People I knew as a boy have gone on to act on them in terrible ways'.
But only this week he was branded unfit to be mayor after it emerged that he had described moderate Muslim groups as 'Uncle Toms'.
The claim emerged in a 2009 interview with Iranian-backed Press TV when he was 'minister for community cohesion', in charge of efforts to stamp out extremism.
Mr Khan has already faced claims about his dealings with extremists during the campaign to succeed Boris Johnson as mayor.
He has dismissed Tory attacks as 'smears', and insisted that he was a moderate Muslim.
Distance: Mr Khan kept himself away from Jeremy Corbyn during the campaign and despite having been close to Ken Livingstone called for him to be thrown out of Labour for anti-Semitism
But Mr Khan's former brother-in-law, Makbool Javaid, preached hatred against non-Muslims at a rally in Trafalgar Square – with the 'black flag of jihad' flying behind him.
And he suspended his Commons-based speechwriter after he laughed about seeing homosexuals being abused in public, and made reference to 'hoes' and 'f***ing f****ts' – on a Twitter feed followed by the Labour mayoral hopeful.
Zac Goldsmith and his wife Alice Rothschild on polling day - the Tory's campaign has been branded racist and outrageous by his own party
Shueb Salar, who has represented Mr Khan at public events, continued to post them after he started working for Mr Khan in the run-up to last year's General Election.
Among the messages Mr Salar posted on Twitter was 'advice to anyone who's looking to murder their girlfriend and get away with it LOL'. The acronym stands for laugh out loud.
Mr Khan arrives at City Hall with a CV including two ministerial jobs under Gordon Brown after he served as junior minister first at the Department for Communities and Local Government and then at the Department for Transport.
He has been an MP for more than a decade, representing the south London constituency of Tooting, and entered politics after a first career as a human rights lawyer - work which drew aggressive attacks from Zac Goldsmith throughout the campaign.
On the eve of the election, Mr Khan returned to the council estate where he grew up and tweeted: 'I'll be the council estate boy who fixes the Tory housing crisis.'
And explaining what he would offer London and what it had given him, Mr Khan said before the election: 'The Khan story is a London story.
'My grandparents left India to go to Pakistan. My parents left Pakistan to come to London.'
In the interview with The Economist, he continued: 'I will be in the first generation of Khans not to be an immigrant.
'London gave me and my family a chance to fulfil our potential: I went from a council estate to helping running a business to a transport minister attending cabinet.'
The Tories have come under fire - even from their own side - for running a 'racist' campaign against the new London mayor.
Sadiq Khan suspended Shueb Salar (pictured) over a series of tweets in which he made reference to 'hoes', 'f***ing f****ts'
Radical: A youth holds up the 'black flag of global jihad' in the audience during Mr Khan's speech in 2009
Andrew Boff, the leader of the Conservative group on the London Assembly, has claimed the Tory campaign is one reason why Mr Khan was installed in City Hall today.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark insisted today he did not accept that Mr Goldsmith had run a racist campaign.
He told ITV: 'What you've seen over the last few weeks, not just in London but across the country, is very serious concerns about the people that have associated themselves with the Labour Party and the lack of a grip on the part of the Labour Party in dealing with that decisively.'
Mr Khan has vowed to be his own man in City Hall - insisting the most successful mayors have to be free of central party control.
He said: 'Where I agree with the Conservative government, I'll work closely with them to get the best deal possible. Similarly where I disagree with them, I'll put London's interests first.
'The same goes for the Labour Party leadership. In the cases where I agree with it, I'll work with it. I think Jeremy Corbyn is passionate about the housing crisis and reducing it.
'Where I disagree with him I will say so. '
Mr Khan traded on his personal story during the mayoral contest Tweeting hours before the polls opened from the council estate where he grew up
But his tweet prompted Labour's deputy leader to tease Mr Khan about how often he has told voters about what his dad did for a living